Radiation Exposure and Health in Fukushima
Since the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11th March, 2011,
students and staff have been deeply involved as volunteers and researchers
in the town of Minamisoma, in Fukushima Prefecture.
Students assisted with initial health assessments and were involved in the establishment
and evaluation of the town’s ongoing internal radiation exposure assessments.
With funding from the Toyota Foundation and in collaboration with local hospitals,
the department of Global Health Policy has commenced a two year research project to establish the health needs
of the population and to provide ongoing monitoring of radiation exposure and the health
of residents of the affected areas.
Nomura S, Murakami M, et al. Low dose of external exposure among returnees to former evacuation areas: a cross-sectional all-municipality joint study following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant incident. Journal of Radiological Protection. 2020. 40(1).
Murakami M, Nomura S, et al. Radiation doses and decontamination effects in Minamisoma city: airborne and individual monitoring after the Fukushima nuclear accident. Journal of Radiological Protection. 2019. 39(N27).
Ozaki A, Nomura S, Leppold C, Tsubokura M, Sawano T, Tsukada M, MoritaT, Tanimoto T, Saji S, Kato S, Yamaoka K, Nakata Y, Ohira H. Breast cancer provider interval length in Fukushima, Japan, following the 2011 triple disaster: a long-term retrospective study. Clinical Breast Cancer. 2019.
Yamamoto K, Nomura S, Nomura S, Tsubokura M, et al. Internal exposure risk due to radiocesium and the consuming behaviour of local foodstuffs among pregnant women in Minamisoma City near the Fukushima nuclear power plant: a retrospective observational study. BMJ Open. 2019;9:e023654.
Hasegawa M, Murakami M, Nomura S, Takebayashi Y, Tsubokura M. Worsening Health Status among Evacuees: Analysis of Medical Expenditures after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima. Tohoku J. Exp. Med. 2019, 248, 115-123
Nomura S, Matsuzaki Y, Sato Y, Takasaki J, Sonoda Y, Shimmura H, Kodama Y. A Comparative Survival Analysis Between Evacuees and Nonevacuees Among Dialysis Patients in Fukushima Prefecture After Japan's 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Incident. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2019 May 27:1-7.
Nomura S, Oikawa T, Tsubokura M. Low dose from external radiation among returning residents to the former evacuation zone in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture. J Radiol Prot . 2019; 39(2): 548–563.
Nishikawa Y, Tsubokura M, Takahashi Y, Nomura S, Ozaki A, Kimura Y, Morita T, Sawano T, Oikawa T, Nakayama T. Change of access to emergency care in a repopulated village after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster: a retrospective observational study. BMJ Open. 2019; 9(2):e023836.
Nomura S, Murakami M. Public Health Preparedness for and Response to Nuclear Disasters: An Editorial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(11), 2489.
Leppold C, Ochi S, Nomura S, Murray V. The Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunamis and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster: Lessons for evidence integration from a WADEM 2017 presentation and panel discussion. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2018;1-4.
Nomura S#, Shimada Y#, Ozaki A, Higuchi A, Hori A, Sonoda Y, Yamamoto Y, Yoshida I, Tsubokura M. Balancing the risk of the evacuation and sheltering-in-place options: a survival study following Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear incident. BMJ Open. 2018;8:e021482. #Authors contributed equally to this work and share co-first authorship.
Morita T, Nomura S, Furutani T, Leppold C, Tsubokura M, Ozaki A, Ochi S, Kami M, Kato S, Oikawa T. Demographic transition and factors associated with remaining in place after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and related evacuation orders . PloS One . 2018; 13(3):e0194134.
Toda H, Nomura S, Gilmour S, Tsubokura M, Oikawa T, Lee K, Kiyabu GY, Shibuya K. Assessment of medium-term cardiovascular disease risk after Japan’s 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident: a retrospective analysis . BMJ Open. 2017; 7(12):e018502.
Tsubokura M, Nomura S, Yoshida I, Sawano T, Miyazaki M, Tomita S, Oikawa T, Watanabe M. Comparison of external doses between radio-contaminated areas and areas with high natural terrestrial background using the individual dosimeter "D-shuttle" 75 months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident . Journal of Radiological Protection. 2017; Online first.
Tsubokura M, Murakami M, Nomura S, Morita T, Nishikawa Y, Leppold C, Kato S, Kami M. Individual external doses below the lowest reference level of 1 mSv per year five years after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident among all children in Soma City, Fukushima: a retrospective observational study. PLoS One. 2017; 12(2):e0172305.