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Agora Conference "Considering Sustainable Energy Strategy" ReportGEPR Editorial staffsOpinions on Energy Policy

Agora Institute held its second conference, "Considering Sustainable Energy Strategy", on December 8. (Program) (Panelist Profiles and Studies) (Nico Nico Live)

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The Second Agora Conference “Considering Sustainable Energy Strategy”GEPR Editorial StaffOpinions on Energy Policy

The accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant posed a serious problem whether we can live with nuclear energies. On the other hand, its risks of climate change and air pollution makes fossil fuels hazardous, therefore issue we face is not so simple. Can we build a sustainable civilization while maintaining sufficient energy and good environment?

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“At the Mercy of Politics: Safety Improvement Work at Chubu Electric Power’s Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station”. Takaaki Ishii Assessment of Nuclear Energy

In May last year, then Prime Minister Naoto Kan requested shut down of Hamaoka nuclear power satation of Chubu Electric Power, saying that it is very likely to be the Tokai earthquake. As a result, the Company begun safety improvement works mainly tsunami measures on a scale of 140 billion yen. He reports the present condition at Hamaoka.

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Innovative Strategies for Energy and the Environment(in Japanese)Energy and Environmental Council of the Government of JapanOpinions on Energy Policy

On September 14th, Energy and Environmental Council of the Government of Japan, published. It determined the aim of the country to have zero nuclear power generation by the 2030s. Regarding this document, the government at first said it will “aim for decision by the cabinet council” with strong binding effect, however, on September 17th, changed it to ambiguous challenge, probably due to domestic repulsion. [c.f. Cabinet decision document “ About future energy and environmental policy” There is less interest towards Japan due to slump of its economic power, however, switch of energy policy of a country with 3rd largest quantity of generation of nuclear in the world in 2010, drew attention.

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The U.S.- Japan Alliance”CSISOpinions on Energy Policy

We introduce the report published in August by Richard Armitage, the former deputy secretary of state, and Joseph Nye, Proffessor at Harvard University, together with CSIS. “The U.S.- Japan Alliance” The report proposes such as use of nuclear power generation, the international joint ownership of the lessons of the Fukushima accident, and the sale of the American shale gas.

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Renewable Energy Introduction Potential Map and Basic Zoning InformationMinistry of the Environment, Government of JapanRenewable Energy Technologies

Ministry of the Environment of Japan began a service to display potential location for renewable energy on a Japanese map by using Google Earth.

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A better mix - Shale gas will improve global security of energy suppliesEconomistAnalysis of Energy Industry

This article showed reserves of the shale gas. Reserves are abundant in the United States and China, countries with high energy consumptions. Therefore, it points out that it is benefitial for both energy security and global warming policy.

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Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced MeteringFederal Regulatory Commission,2010Analysis of Energy Industry

It showed Direct Load Control ,which electric power company control directly and remotely each demands, was effective in efforts to reduce demand peak.

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ETHOS IN FUKUSHIMAPrivate VolunteersHealth Effects of Radiation Exposure

Japanese private volunteers learning from the experiences of ETHOS PROJECT , aims for reconstruction and protection from radioactivity with residents independence. This site introduce their activities.(Mainly in Japanese)

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Conclusions and Recommendations of the second dialogue of ICRPDate City, Fukushima PrefectureHealth Effects of Radiation Exposure

The Rehabilitations of Living Conditions after the Fukushima Accident

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Monitoring Information of Environmental Radioactivity LevelMinistry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of JapanHealth Effects of Radiation Exposure

This web site shows information about radioactivity monitoring in Japan. It is highly unlikely that there will be any health damages with current level of radiation.

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Final chapter "Conclusions" of the Russian government report "25 Years After the Chernobyl Accident: Summary and Overview of its Impact and Overcoming its Aftereffects, 1986-2011"The Ministry of the Russian Federation for Affairs for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural DisastersHealth Effects of Radiation Exposure

This Article translated from Japanese. Russian National Academy of Science published the original report at 2011.(Russian) This report has not translated in English. GEPR hope to be used this content by all experts and people in the world. Mr. Keiichi Nakagawa, M.D, PhD, provided translated articles from Russian to Japanese to GEPR.

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"For the Correct Understanding of Radiation Protection" (Japanese Only)The Science Council of JapanHealth Effects of Radiation Exposure

The Science Council of Japan published a discourse "For the Correct Understanding of Radiation Protection" (Japanese Only) in June 2011. The Science Council of Japan is an organization representing Japan's scientists. The discourse expresses a view that protection standards set by the ICRP (International Commission on Radiological Protection) is appropriate. Japanese government refers to this discourse when making policies for radiation protection.

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"25 Years from the Chernobyl Accident: Summary and Overview of its Impact and Overcoming the After-effect, 1986-2011". (Russian)Russian FederationHealth Effects of Radiation Exposure

We will provide soon from this report "Conclusion" in English. Original Articles GEPR introduce the report of the Chernobyl accident, which was published by the Russian government. Thanks to Dr. Keiichi Nakagawa, M.D., Ph.D., and Associate Professor, Tokyo University, who provided the this Japanese translation. GEPR Thank appreciate his kindly cooperation.

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"Toward the reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake - the technical recommendation for recovery" (In Japanese only)Association of Japanese Agricultural Scientific SocietiesHealth Effects of Radiation Exposure

This article is a technical proposal, and an analysis of current agriculture in Japan. The report identifies important problems.

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Epidemiological Survey of Nuclear Power Plant Workers between 2005-2009 (Japanese Only)Radiation Effect Association (Tokyo, Japan)Health Effects of Radiation Exposure

It surveys 203,904 workers between 2005-2009, and the average cumulative dose-exposure was 13.3 mSv per capita. Health hazards are not observed among them in this research.

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Health survey of local residents in high natural radiation (Japanese only)Human Nature Study Foundation (Kyoto, Japan)Health Effects of Radiation Exposure

There are regions in the world with high-dose natural radiation. The annual radiations are, in Ramsar (Iran) 10.2mSv average, 260mSv maximum, Guarapari (Brazil) 5.5mSv average, 35mSv maximum , and Kerala (India) 3.8 mSv average, and 35mSv maximum. In Japan it is 0.46mSv average and 1.26mSv maximum. Health damage caused by radiation in these areas has not been observed.

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"Report of Working Group on Risk Management of Low-dose Exposure" (only in Japanese)The Japanese Government's Cabinet OfficeHealth Effects of Radiation Exposure

This WG advised a 20mSv limit for radiation exposure to the region affected by the accident in Fukushima. And another documents reported by this WG. "Summary" (only in Japanese) "Messages from overseas experts about radiation" (English and Japanese)

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Executive Summary of the Interim ReportInvestigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations of Tokyo Electric Power CompanyAssessment of Nuclear Energy

Summary of Interim Report (The full version is now being translated into English by the Committee)

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Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing RadiationNational Research CouncilHealth Effects of Radiation Exposure

The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance. This study was supported by Environmental Protection Agency Grant #X-826842-01, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Grant #NRC-04-98-061, and U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology Grant #60NANB5D1003. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

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Chernobyl’s Legacy: Health, Environmental and Socio-Economic ImpactsIAEA et al.Health Effects of Radiation Exposure

The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 was the most severe in the history of the nuclear power industry, causing a huge release of radionuclides over large areas of Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Now, 20 years later, UN Agencies and representatives of the three countries have reviewed the health, environmental and socio-economic consequences.

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The Chernobyl Accident ― UNSCEAR's assessments of the radiation effectsUNSCEARHealth Effects of Radiation Exposure

The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor that occurred on 26 April 1986 was the most serious accident ever to occur in the nuclear power industry. The reactor was destroyed in the accident and considerable amounts of radioactive material were released to the environment. The accident caused the deaths, within a few weeks, of 30 workers and radiation injuries to over a hundred others. In response, the authorities evacuated, in 1986, about 115,000 people from areas surrounding the reactor and subsequently relocated, after 1986, about 220,000 people from Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine. The accident caused serious social and psychological disruption in the lives of those affected and vast economic losses over the entire region. Large areas of the three countries were contaminated with radioactive materials, and radionuclides from the Chernobyl release were measurable in all countries of the northern hemisphere.

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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