27 February, 2014. Dr. Michael Ketterer from the Metropolitan State University visited IER.

  • Dr. Ketterer made a lecture titled "Forensic Studies of Uranium Deposition near US Nuclear Facilities".
  • The picture at the top: Research Scientist 楊国勝, Ph.D student Wenting Bu and Dr.鄭建 from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences. The bottom: the IER members.

14 February, 2014. Dr. Mark Zheleznyak, Project professor of IER, made a presentation.

  • Dr. Zheleznyak stayed for three months in IER and did his research on rivers and lakes inside of Fukushima prefecture. His presentation included not only for his experience on Chernobyl and the data he collected in Fukushima, but also for countermeasure on environmental radioactivity, necessary research and monitoring which should be taken in Fukushima for the future.
  • After the presentation, Dr. Zheleznyak responded to the questions during the Q&A session.

12 February, 2014. Prof. Sergii Kivva arrived from Ukraine to join IER.

  • Professor Sergii Kivva is a Ukrainian scientist who has more than 30 years of experience in modelling the behavior of environmental pollutants and in particular the behavior of radionuclides in the aquatic.

3 February, 2014. IER welcomes two project professors.

  • IER welcomes Prof. Vasyl Yoschenko and Prof. Michio Aoyama as project professors. Prof. Yoschenko, who is from Ukraine, has extensive experience in measurement and modelling for predicting the behavior of radionuclides in the environment and their impact on ecosystems. Prof. Michio Aoyama is a Japanese oceanographer who has long been tracking radiocesium in the ocean which was released by nuclear weapons testing as well as by the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident.
  • At dinner with IER staff.

3 February, 2014 Visit was made by a Ukranian diplomat

  • On February 3, IER received a visit by Mr. Yurii Kushnar’ov, the First Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine in Japan, who is incharge of "Fukushima-Chornobyl Cooperation." Mr. Kushnar'ov and IER researchers exchanged opinions on how we can further strengthen the cooperatithe between Ukraine and Fukushima. He gave us kind assistance when IER staff members visited Ukraine last summer.

17 January, 2014. A meeting with Nagasaki University was held at IER.

  • A meeting with Nagasaki University was held at IER. From Nagasaki University, Dr. Shunichi Yamashita (Vice President in charge of Fukushima Support/Director of Center for International Collaborative Research), Dr. Norisato Mitsutake (Associate Professor of Atomic Bomb Disease Institute), Dr. Tomoo Ogi Associate Professor at Atomic Bomb Disease Institute) attended.
  • Nagasaki University already is one of IER's Collaborative Research Council members and we discussed and agreed that we would efficiently utilize our mutual resources for facilitating research activities and strengthening our collaborative relationship.
  • Dr. Yamashita exchanging name cards with the IER researchers

8 January, 2014. Dr. Beata Varga arrived from Hungary to join IER.

  • Dr. Varga is a radioanalyst at Hungarian Food Chain Safety Office and is also an IAEA expert who specializes in monitoring of radionuclides.

  • She plans to conduct sampling for possible reference materials during her first three-month stay in Fukushima and learn Japanese environmental specialties for elaborating long-term monitoring program.

20 December, 2013. Dr. Voitsekhovich of IAEA visited IER.

  • Dr. Oleg Voitsekhovich is an IAEA expert from Austria, who conducted research on freshwater contamination after the Chernobyl accident. He came to IER to attend an opinion exchange meeting where he and IER researchers discussed how the experience of Chernobyl accident can be used for remediation of Fukushima. After the meeting, he looked around other facilities on campus and promised us that he would offer advice on the equipment and devices for the monitoring of radionuclides?in rivers and reservoirs, which IER is planning to purchase.
  • Dr. Voitsekhovich and Professor Mark Zheleznyak, a Ukrainian specialist in mathematical modelling who joined IER in November 2013 are long-time friends from college and worked together for many years on Chernobyl-related projects.

17 December, 2013. Members of IRSN and French science & technology journalists visited IER.

  • Members of French Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) and French journalists specializing in science and technology issues paid a visit to IER as part of their inspection tour of Japan.» More

6 December, 2013. A new observatory site will be set up in Kawamata Town.

  • With the cooperation of Kawamata Town, IER will set up an oberservatory site in a forest at Yamakiya district, where IER researchers will conduct research and study that may lead to better countermeasure to radioactive contamination of forests. The study conducted using this observatory will be participated not only by Fukushima University but also by University of Tsukuba, National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), and other related universities and research institutes in and outside Japan.

3 December, 2013. Prof. Golosov paid a visit at IER.

  • Prof. Valentine Golosov from Russia visited IER and held a meeting with Prof. Nanba and Prof. Onda, Vice Directors' of IER, and other researchers from University of Tsukuba.
  • Prof. Golosov has a thirty-year experience in research on the wash-off of radiocesium deposited on the ground due to the Chernobyl accident into rivers due to soil erosion. He spoke of how his research experience could be applied to the Fukushima case.

19 November, 2013. The appointment ceremony was held for Prof. Zheleznyak and Prof. Konoplev.

  • In President's office

18 November, 2013. Dr. Zheleznyak and Dr. Konoplev have arrived.

  • Dr. Zheleznyak (Ukraine) and Dr. Konoplev (Russia) have arrived in Japan. The flight was about ten hours. Both of them have had great achievments in Chernobyl.
  • Their first meal in Fukushima was fried pork rice.

15 November, 2013. Dr. Aoyama paid a visit to IER.

  • Dr. Aoyama who will be working at IER starting next year came to IER for a meeting. Dr. Aoyama is an ocean environment specialist who has been using a tracer to trace the level of 137Cs which was leaked into the ocean during nuclear tests.

7 November, 2013. Researchers from IRSN and members of the CRiED from the University of Tsukuba visited the IER.

  • A meeting was held between the researchers from IRSN (L'Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire) and members from CRiED(Center for Research in Isotopes and Environmental Dynamics) today.
    Researchers from overseas have begun visiting our Institute one after another. Back: researchers from IRSN Front: members from CRiED

  • This is a jacket which the IRSN researchers wore. On the back of the jacket it says,
    INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SÛRETÉ NUCLÉAIRE (Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute)

31 October, 2013. The research team visited and underwent inspection at the research site in Yamakiya district

  • The research team visited the observational site which was set up by Prof. Onda (Vice Director of IER, University of Tsukuba) at Yamakiya district, a district that is designated as an evacuation zone after the nuclear accident.
  • Location of Yamakiya district
    Distribution Map for Radiation Dose (electronic version) by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Techonology (MEXT)
  • Members of the research team
    Prof. Onda and two researchers (University of Tsukuba)
    Prof. Nanba (Fukushima University)
    Dr. Yoshida (National Institute of Radiological Sciences)
    Dr. Ioschenko (researcher at IER)
    Dr. Kashparov (Director of UIAR of NUBiP of Ukraine)
    Prof. Fesenko (researcher at IAEA)
    Mr. Shkurupii (interpreter)
    1 trainee from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
    3 staff members from IER
  • The first destination for the research team was Yamakiya elementary school. This elementary school is located on the slope of the mountain and the mountain is located on the opposite side of this photo.
    In the middle of the playground is a mound of soil stripped for decontamination, covered with tarps.

  • The research team heading towards the monitoring tower that is located at the rear side of Yamakiya elementary school.
  • The monitoring tower, installed in the forest, is 15 meters high and is made with 8 platforms. On each platform, the radiation level in the air and on the leaves is being monitored.
  • To climb the tower, you will need a helmet and a safety belt.
  • This is the view from the top of the tower. The view is not very clear from the top as the area is covered with tree branches. Although the tower might not seem very tall, your concentration will be distracted while you are up there so safety belts are mandatory.
  • The staff is measuring the level of radiation with the rain water in a bucket which had previously fallen on the tree trunks.
  • In this picture, the staff is measuring the level of radiation of the fallen leaves. The staff would measure the fallen leaves before the leaves come into contact with the ground or rain water (as the result might be different if the leaves came into contact with the ground or rain water first). In order to minimize the influence by rain water rebounded from the ground, the staff would set the net at a higher level.
  • The research team then moved towards the south east direction from the school and underwent inspection at the venue where the new monitoring devices would be set up at. This is the borderline between Yamakiya district and Namie town.

29 October, 2013. Dr. Olivier Evrard paid a visit to IER.

  • Dr. Olivier Evrard will be conducting researches at IER. On the day when Dr. Evrard came, he took a photo with our head director (Prof. Takahashi) and assistant directors (Prof. Nanba and Prof. Onda).