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This Week's Update — Discussions about Internal Exposure from Food (6th February, 2012)

Editorial Staffs

This week's column

1) The numbers of people, who are anxious about health damages by internal radiation exposure, have been increasing in Japan since Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.

Hiroyuki Matsuda, Professor of Yokohama National University, Faculty of Environment and Information Science, Ph.D. contributed a column " Strict Standards for Food: Human-Induced Disaster for Affected Fishing and Farming Households". Professor Matsuda has questioned the policy of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare who are trying to apply more strict safety standards for radioactive substances.

There are possibilities that agricultures and fisheries in Fukushima can be no longer feasible by applying these strict standards. He pointed out “the institution of such regulations is a divisive act that cuts the ties between affected farmers and fishermen, and their consumers".

2) GEPR editorial staffs reported a column “Green jobs cannot be created with subsidies - Illusion of Feed-in Tariff".

This column shows the promotion of renewable energy relying on subsidies does not work.


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