JRCS Second Meeting of Nuclear Emergency Medical Care Advisors (FY2018)
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) held the second meeting of Nuclear Emergency Medical Care (NEMC) Advisors for FY 2018 on December 20-21, 2018. On the first day, they advanced the discussion on the subjects carried over from the previous meetings, including hoped-for ways of hospital support in the event of a nuclear emergency, and the designing of training programs for the nuclear disaster response basic training sessions. Additionally, in a session titled “Revisiting the Response to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident”, Shoichi Kishinami (Director of General Affairs and Organizational Development Division) and Yoshihiro Kubo (Director and Deputy Director of Volunteers Division) gave respective presentations. On the second day, participants took a tour of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
JRCS Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Sessions
Having learned salutary lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, the Japanese Red Cross Society has held Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Sessions starting FY 2014, to ensure safe and secure operation of relief activities in radioactive environments carried out by the relief team members and other first responders. The objectives of the training are for the participants to acquire a basic knowledge of radiation and develop special capabilities for manipulating radiation protection equipment and gear including how to use them. Starting FY 2016, the training has been organized separately by each geographical block, which was created dividing Japan into six regions. In FY 2018, the training sessions were held for the Second Block (Kanto-Koshinetsu area) and the Fourth Block (Kinki area).
Participation in FY2018 Nuclear Emergency Drill Held in Aomori Prefecture
The Aomori chapter of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) participated in a nuclear emergency drill on November 10 and 11, 2018. It was organized by the Aomori prefectural government and staged in 6 municipal areas including Higashidoori Village.This drill simulated a scenario where an earthquake with an epicenter off the coast of the Pacific Ocean side of Aomori Prefecture struck with a shaking intensity level 6 and caused damage to the reactor core in Unit No. 1 of Higashidori Nuclear Power Station, triggering a release of radioactive substances.
Revision of the JRCS internal guidance documents
related to nuclear emergencies, including the Guidelines
and the Manual
In November 2018, the Japanese Red Cross Society made changes to some internal guidance documents. That is, the “Nuclear Disaster Guidelines for Preparedness, Response and Recovery” and the “Manual for Relief Activities under Nuclear Disasters” were partially modified along with the “Standards for Relief Activities during Nuclear Disasters”. Accordingly, the former “Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors” was renamed to “Meeting of Nuclear Emergency Medical Care Advisors”.
An Emergency Drill Held by JRC Fukui Hospital Simulating Receipt of a Radiologically Contaminated Victim
On July 14 (Sat), 2018, Japanese Red Cross Fukui Hospital conducted an emergency drill, simulating receipt of a victim contaminated by radiological materials at a nuclear power plant. Fukui Prefecture has the largest number of nuclear power facilities in Japan, as a region where four nuclear power plants, the “Monju” prototype fast-breeder reactor, etc. are sited. The purpose of the drill was to test and evaluate the cross-agency collaboration and implementation of the operations manual, by practicing receipt of a radiologically contaminated victim in collaboration with the relevant organizations.
JRCS First Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors (FY2018)
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) held the FY2018 First Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors on July 9-10, 2018. In this meeting, Dr. Yoichi Watanabe, President of Japanese Red Cross Fukushima Hospital, gave a presentation titled “Response to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident: Realities and Challenges”.
Partnership Meeting on the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami 2018
The Japanese Red Cross Society held a worldwide conference, “Partnership Meeting on the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami 2018”, over 3 days on February 26-28, 2018 in Tokyo. Attended by approximately 100 participants including 48 individuals from the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies abroad, the program included a tour to the three affected prefectures, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, made on the 27th and the 28th.
JRCS Second Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors (FY2017)
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) held the FY 2017 Second Meeting of Radiation Emergency Medical Care Advisors on December 18-19, 2017. In this meeting, roles and preparedness of each Red Cross hospital were introduced. The Japanese Red Cross (JRC) Fukushima Hospital, the JRC Nagahama Hospital and the JRC Karatsu Hospital made presentations.
JRCS Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Sessions
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) has held the Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Sessions (training sessions) since FY 2014 as one of its efforts to strengthen nuclear disaster preparedness, based on the lessons learned from its response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami as well as Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident. The JRCS divides the country into six operational blocks. Starting from FY 2016, the JRCS decided to organize the training session by each block. In FY 2017, the JRCS held the sessions for the First (Hokkaido and Tohoku), Third (Tokai and Hokuriku) and Fifth (Chugoku and Shikoku) blocks.
JRCS Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Session for the Fifth Block (FY 2017)
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) has been organizing and holding the Nuclear Disaster Response Basic Training Sessions for JRCS relief team members, who are physicians, nurses, radiological technologists and administrative staff working at Japanese Red Cross hospitals across the country and JRCS chapter staff. The JRCS divides the country into six operational blocks (zones). Starting from FY 2016, the JRCS decided to organize the training session by each block. This is about the summary of the training for the Fifth Block (Chugoku and Shikoku area) held during 2 days on January 24-25, 2018 at the Matsue Red Cross Hospital of Shimane.