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This Week's Update ― Is radiation so harmful for human health?(02nd January 2012)

by Editorial staffs

We, the Global Energy Policy Research (GEPR) will notify the latest update on the site, academic articles, and important energy news once a week on this column “ From Editors”.

Updated Academic Articles and Columns

We will introduce the following articles on 2nd January, 2012.

Prof. Wade Alison, Emeritus Professor of Oxford University, contributed a column “Facing the facts about nuclear radiation -- Is it really so harmful?”
He is a prominent scholar on the radiation research, and the author of the book "Radiation and Reason" .

Prof. Nobuo Ikeda, the President of Agora Incorporated and an economist contributed an academic article, “Risks of Nuclear Power Generation and Reassessment of Its Economic Efficiency”. He overviewed nuclear plant’s accident in Fukushima and economical efficiency of nuclear power plants.

GEPR Editorial staffs provided “Effects of Radiation on Human Health -- a review of academic articles”. From our research, introducing academic papers on the effects of a low dose radiation on human health. Medical society generally seem to regard the health hazards of exposure to low dose radiations very low. There are no biological studies that prove low dose radiation risks to be significant.

Japan faces a problem how to decontaminate the land from radiations, and how to pay its costs. We hope these articles would be useful for the debate and discussion on these issues.


The New York Times reported the burden of Fukushima after the accident (7th December, 2011).
Japan's Huge Nuclear Cleanup Makes Returning Home a Goal

BBC reported, to handle the accident, TEPCO will be raising the electricity price (22th December, 2011) .
TEPCO to raise electricity prices for corporate clients

Japanese Government announced an interim report of its Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations on 26th December, 2011 . This report tells us that the accident was caused by the tsunami after the earthquake. At the same time, politicians in former Prime Minister Kan’s Cabinet, TEPCO and Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency have exacerbated the situation by accumulation of errors.


Is Fukushima Dangerous? -- Distorted images of Japan - Morley Robertson × Nobuo Ikeda

What's happen? What was the cause in Fukushima? Morley Robertson, writer and DJ, talk about distorted images of Japan after Fukushima nuclear plant accident with Nobuo Ikeda.

21st Century Energy Challenges

At the ARPA-E 2012 summit, Bill Gates and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the largest energy challenges of the 21st century in the U.S. and around the world.

A Web-TV Program "Is radiation really so harmful? Considering risks of nuclear power generation" (Japanese only)

Agora Institute, who operates GEPR, broadcasted a Web-TV program "Is radiation really so harmful? Considering risks of nuclear power generation" on internet video streaming channel "Niconico Live " on January 19th (in Japanese only) . Nobuo Ikeda, President of Agora Incorporated, and three experts on radiation, risk analysis, and energy policy discussed about the situations after Fukushima nuclear accident. Their opinions were consistent that potentiality of health damage caused by the Fukushima accident is very small. GEPR will provide a summary about this program soon.


Agora Inc., who operates GEPR, releases a podcast program which was originally aired on Jan. 19th, 2012on internet video streaming channel "Nico-nico Live"; "Is radiation really so harmful? Considering risks of nuclear power generation" (Japanese only) The panel: Nobuo Ikeda, Akihiro Sawa, Jun Takada, and Hiroyuki Matsuda