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The Third Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Seminar

2014/10/24

The 3rd Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Seminar Report

OutlineDigest VideoKeynote SpeechHealth Assistance ReportSymposium

Outline
Digest Video
Keynote Speech
Health Assistance Report
Symposium

Outline of the Seminar


Seminar at the venue
Seminar at the venue
Speakers
Speakers
Seminar at the venue
Seminar at the venue
Speakers
Speakers

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) and the Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing (JRCCN) co-hosted the 3rd Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Seminar.
The people of Fukushima have been forced to live under evacuation circumstances over a long period of time due to the damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and the effects from the radioactive contamination caused by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident which followed the earthquake. They are still facing a lot of difficulties including health problems. Particularly, the number of people who fled to Iwaki is well over 20,000.
Amid this situation, at the request of the Municipality of Namie, the JRCS and the JRCCN have been jointly conducting a health assistance program for the people evacuated from Namie to Iwaki since October 2012. At the seminar, the program activities were taken on as case studies, and medium- and long-term health assistance and challenges of the future were discussed to prepare for possible future nuclear disasters.

At the start of the seminar, Mr. Shuichi Nishijima, Director General of Disaster Management and Social Welfare Department, Operations Sector, JRCS, explained briefly about the efforts of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the JRCS activities in the area of nuclear disasters. Then Prof. Minako Morita, Dean of the Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing (JRCCN) made short remarks on JRCS nurses' new activities in the affected area.

Digest Video


Keynote Speech


Dr. Shinji Tokonami, Professor of Institute of Radiation Emergency Medicine, Hirosaki University, made a keynote speech entitled "Current Situation and Issues on Radiation Exposure in Fukushima". Hirosaki University started providing assistance in the affected area immediately after the nuclear accident occurred. At the seminar, Prof. Tokonami shared various data which they obtained in Fukushima and also the status of the effects from the accident. In addition, he spoke about the necessity of further clarifying the effects from the accident and of providing a steady follow-up for people of Fukushima in order to maintain their health.

Dr. Shinji Tokonami
Dr. Shinji Tokonami
Current Situation and Issues on Radiation Exposure in Fukushima
Dr. Shinji Tokonami, Ph.D.
Professor, Radiation Physics Section of Institute of Radiation Emergency Medicine, Hirosaki University
Current Situation and Issues on Radiation Exposure in Fukushima
Dr. Shinji Tokonami, Ph.D.
Professor, Radiation Physics Section of Institute of Radiation Emergency Medicine, Hirosaki University

Dr. Tokonami completed his doctoral course in physics and applied physics at the Graduate School of Waseda University. He received his doctor degree in engineering. He serves as an expert committee member on the following: the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the Report Writing Committees of the International Commissions on Radiation Units & Measurements (ICRU), as an advisor to Aomori Prefectural Government regarding dissemination and enlightenment of correct knowledge on radiation, and as a member of a Fukushima Prefectural Government committee for health survey for citizens of Fukushima Prefecture.

» Summary of the speech
» Presentation slides (only in Japanese)

Report: JRCS Health Assistance Program for Namie


Ms. Mie Naiki
Ms. Mie Naiki

At the request of the Municipality of Namie in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, the JRCS and the JRCCN have been jointly conducting a health assistance program for Namie since October 15, 2012. At this seminar, Ms. Mie Naiki, the JRCCN, reported primarily on the first year of the program (October 15, 2012 - September 30, 2013); about how the program started, the outline of the activities done by the JRCS nurses and what they learned from the experience and the future challenges needed in assistance during a long-term evacuation.

» Summary of the report
» Report on JRCS Health Assistance Program for People Evacuated from Namie to Iwaki (only in Japanese)
» Health consultation activities are chronologically organized.

Symposium


Medium- and Long-term Health Assistance after Disasters and Challenges in the Future
In the second half of the seminar, a symposium took place under the theme: "Medium- and Long-term Health Assistance after Disasters and Challenges in the Future". Prof. Morita of the JRCCN, one of the members who were involved in launching the program, chaired the symposium. We invited three panelists who have been first-handedly engaging in the assistance for Fukushima. They spoke from their point of view about health assistance for medium and long term after disasters and challenges to be addressed for the future. Opinions were actively exchanged in regard to the necessity of finding potential worrisome cases and the future direction of the program.

symposium

<Presentation slides and summaries of the panelists>
<Presentation slides and summaries of the panelists>

» JRCS Recovery Programmes for People Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (only in Japanese)
» Summary of the presentation
(by Mr. Satoshi Sugai, Deputy Director General, The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Recovery Task Force and Director, JRCS)
» Summary of the presentation
(by Mr. Takumi Numata, Director, Health Promotion Division, Social Health and Welfare Department, Fukushima Prefectural Office)
» Medium- and Long-term Health Assistance after Disasters and Challenges in the Future – Activities of JRCS Public Health Office in Namie – (only in Japanese)
» Summary of the presentation
(by Mr. Tadashi Osawa, Nurse, Japanese Red Cross Maebashi Hospital)

<Q&A>
<Q&A>

A staff member from the JRCS Iwate Chapter asked the question: "Recently, there are less people coming to JRCS salon activities and Red Cross Health Classes. Should we take this as a good sign or as an issue for consideration?" Mr. Osawa from the Japanese Red Cross Maebashi Hospital answered this question based on his experience of the health assistance program: "Personally, I am taking it as a very good sign, because I think it shows that people who actively join other classes in their community are having more communication with people in their community. Meanwhile, there are quite a lot of people who can't participate in such community activities. This remains an issue on how we should encourage these people to join our salon activities."
Another person attending the seminar from Fukushima Prefecture gave a comment: "I haven't had opportunities to talk to people of other prefectures, but today while seeing many people from around the country discussing the issues of Fukushima, I really feel like I am a member of the Red Cross. This seminar has given me the opportunity to feel that the issues involving the elderly people are serious and that it is important for the JRCS to provide activities for them not only through the Red Cross but also in collaboration with communities."

The seminar was concluded with remarks from Ms. Kazuko Komori, Director General, Nursing Department, Operations Sector, JRCS.
We extend our gratitude to the attendees who gathered for the seminar from across the nation and the speakers. Thank you so much.