Fukushima Visit

Professor Julia West was invited to speak at a workshop at Fukushima, Japan by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency in October 2014. She spoke on the challenges faced by scientists in communicating their efforts to local people.

Prof West speaking at Fukushima workshop
Prof West speaking at Fukushima workshop

The disastrous earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 devastated the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (“F1”) in Japan. This resulted in a discharge of radioactive material into the air which, despite much fallout occurring over sea, led to significant contamination of a large part of Fukushima and surrounding prefectures and required evacuation of residents.

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) plays a key role in the research associated with remediation of the contaminated area around the F1 site, working together with a number of Japanese and international organisations and research institutes. JAEA hosts an annual international workshop, inviting overseas experts to bring their experience to Japan so that clean up efforts are subject to international review and validation. The second meeting took place in Fukushima over 6-8 October. 2015. Professor West was invited by JAEA to speak at both the 1st and 2nd meetings on technical and communication issues.

A weather station within the exclusion zone
A weather station within the exclusion zone