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.
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.
Nomura S, Tsubokura M, Ozaki A, Murakami M, Hodgson S, Blangiardo M, Nishikawa Y, Morita T, Oikawa T. Towards a Long-Term Strategy for Voluntary-Based Internal Radiation Contamination Monitoring: A Population-Level Analysis of Monitoring Prevalence and Factors Associated with Monitoring Participation Behavior in Fukushima, Japan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(4):397.
Morita T, Nomura S, Tsubokura M, Leppold C, Gilmour S, Ochi S, Ozaki A, Shimada Y, Yamamoto K, Inoue M, Kato S, Shibuya K, Kami M. Excess mortality due to indirect health effects of the 2011 triple disaster in Fukushima, Japan: a retrospective observational study. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2017; Online first.
Nomura S, Tsubokura M, Ozaki A, Murakami M, Hodgson S, Blangiardo M, Nishikawa Y, Morita T, Oikawa T.Towards a long-term strategy for voluntary-based internal radiation contamination monitoring: a population-level analysis of monitoring prevalence and factors associated with monitoring participation behavior in Fukushima, Japan. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017; 14(4):397.
Nomura S, Tsubokura M, Murakami M, Ono K, Nishikawa Y, Oikawa T.Trends in policy on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in Japan. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017; 14(6):656.
Ishii T, Tsubokura M, Kato S, Ochi S, Sugimoto A, Nomura S, Nishikawa Y, Kami M, Shibuya K, Satio Y, Iwamoto Y, Tachiya H. Living in contaminated radioactive areas is not an acute risk factor for lifestyle disease development: a retrospective observational study. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2016; 10(1): 34-37.
Sawano T, Tsubokura M, Ozaki A, Leppold C, Nomura S, Shimada Y, Ochi S, Tsukada M, Nemoto T, Kato S, Kanazawa Y, Ohira H. Non-communicable diseases in decontamination workers in areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster: a retrospective observational study. BMJ Open. 2016; 6(12): e013885.
Morita T, Tsubokura M, Furutani T, Nomura S, Ochi S, Leppold C, Takahara K, Shimada Y, Fujioka S, Kami M, Kato S, Oikawa T. Impacts of the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Accident on Emergency Medical Service Times in Soma District, Japan: A retrospective observational study. BMJ Open. 2016; 6(9): e013205.