Lecture at the 35th Academic Conference of Japan Academy of Nursing Science

2015/12/22

The Japan Academy of Nursing Science organizes an annual conference each year. In 2015, the 35th Academic Conference was held in Hiroshima on December 5 and 6. As part of the program, there was a relay of lectures entitled “Health effects from nuclear disasters and emergency response”. Masahito Yamazawa, Director General of Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Resource Center of the Japanese Red Cross Society, gave one of the lectures entitled “Efforts for Nuclear Disaster Preparedness as a relief organization”.


A side event of IFRC General Assembly sponsored by JRCS – How should we prepare for CBRN emergencies? –

2015/12/21

On December 4, 2015, a side event of the 20th General Assembly of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC GA*) was held, which was sponsored by the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS). The theme was “How should we prepare for emergencies such as CBRN (chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear) and technological disasters?” The side event was chaired by Chairman of Pakistan Red Crescent Society. The panelists were Secretary General of Belarus Red Cross, Deputy Director General of International Department of JRCS, Head of Disaster and Crisis Management Department of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and an officer of Inter-Cluster Coordination Section of United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). About 130 participants in the IFRC GA from Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world joined the side event.


Participation in IAEA’s “International Conference on Global Emergency Preparedness and Response”

2015/12/11

This international conference was positioned to conclude what was discussed at “Consultancy Meeting on Medical Follow up and surveillance of persons following radiation emergencies” which had taken place at the United Nations Office at Vienna in June earlier this year. The purpose of the conference was to share the current situation and response capabilities to emergencies of participating countries and discuss further enhancement of nuclear and radiological emergencies.


JRCS Second Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session (FY 2015)

2015/11/25

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) organized and held the FY 2015 Second Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session at the JRCS Headquarters on November 6, 2015. The training session is part of the JRCS’s efforts to enhance preparedness for nuclear disasters based on lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The JRCS already provided this training twice during the last fiscal year, in November 2014 and February 2015 and once in this fiscal year in September. This was the fourth time that the training was held.


The 4th Reference Group Meeting on CBRN Emergency Preparedness – Preparedness for CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) disasters –

2015/10/22

For five days starting from September 7, 2015, the 4th Reference Group Meeting on CBRN Preparedness was held in Berlin, Germany. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) adopted a resolution on “preparedness to respond to the humanitarian consequences of nuclear accidents” at the 18th General Assembly in November 2011, which was held after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident (Fukushima Daiichi accident) occurred in March 2011. Following the resolution, the group meeting was established by Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (RCRC Societies) which are related to response to nuclear disasters.


JRCS First Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session
(FY 2015)

2015/10/02

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) organized and held the FY 2015 First Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session at the JRCS Headquarters on September 3, 2015. The training session is part of the JRCS’s efforts to enhance preparedness for nuclear disasters based on lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The JRCS already provided this training twice during last fiscal year, in November 2014 and February 2015. This was the third time that the training was held.


JRCS First Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors (FY2015)

2015/08/21

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) organized the JRCS First Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors and held it on July 22 and 23, 2015. The attendees were physicians and radiological technologists who work at Japanese Red Cross hospitals and are assigned as radiation emergency medical care advisors by the JRCS. They discussed development of a JRCS relief structure during a nuclear disaster.


Visit to the IFRC by Governor of Fukushima Prefecture

2015/08/10

Mr. Masao Uchibori, Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, visited the secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva, Switzerland on July 13 (Japan time: July 14), 2015, and had talks with Mr. Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the IFRC, and other secretariat members.


Dispatching of a Japanese Red Cross hospital physician to a training program for nuclear and radiological preparedness organized by the Italian Red Cross

2015/08/05

From June 23 to 27, 2015, “CBRN* International Summer School: Basic Course -Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Preparedness-” was held in Italy. The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) dispatched Dr. Kiyoshi Endo, the Department Director of Neurosurgery of the Japanese Red Cross Mito Hospital, to the program. He has been assigned as a radiation emergency medical care advisor by the JRCS.


Nuclear Disaster Guidelines for Preparedness, Response and Recovery

2015/07/17

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) developed “Nuclear Disaster Guidelines for Preparedness, Response and Recovery” (Guidelines) and issued it on March 30, 2015.
Based on the experiences and reflections of the activities conducted soon after the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident (Fukushima Daiichi accident) in March 2011 which followed the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and a resolution on “preparedness to respond to the humanitarian consequences of nuclear accidents” adopted at the General Assembly of the IFRC in November 2011, the JRCS has made efforts to prepare for nuclear disaster response to allow it to implement quick and appropriate humanitarian assistance activities in the event of a similar nuclear disaster in the future.