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Background and purpose of establishment

Kenji Nanba

The Institute of Environmental Radioactivity (IER) at Fukushima University was established on July 1st 2013 after TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Understanding the environmental impact and the behavior of the radionuclides discharged from this and other nuclear accidents is one of the global challenges of the modern world. We believe that it is our responsibility to share the experiences and lessons learned from the Fukushima accident with the world and play our part in this international effort.

The main objective of IER is to undertake both basic and applied research on radionuclide behavior in the environment, including forests, rivers, lakes, and the ocean. The IER is organized into 15 research units within 5 major divisions. Moreover, we have developed six multi-disciplinary projects that cross divisions and unify the research units. Our researchers focus on field-oriented studies by leveraging IER's proximity to the accident site and affected areas.

The Institute is jointly managed by the University of Tsukuba, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Hiroshima University, Nagasaki University, Fukushima Medical University, and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, and is implementing collaborative activities with other research institutes around the world. The institute is open to the world, and by combining the expertise and knowledge from international scientific community, we hope to create a Center of Excellence in the field of environmental radioactivity.

We will endeavor to conduct and promote excellent research in environmental radioactivity with the hope that IER will provide a valuable public service not only to Fukushima, but also to the whole of Japan and the world.

We would be grateful for the support and cooperation of other universities, research institutes, and relevant organizations.



2011 MarchGreat East Japan Earthquake and TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident occurred.
2012 AugustThe first meeting of the Establishment Preparation Committee
2013 MarchDecision to be granted subsidy for enhancing and promoting national university reform from The Ministry of Education, Cultures, Sports, and Technology
2013 JulyInstitute of Environmental Radioactivity was established.
2014 Sept.Completion of the building for analyzing in Institute of Environmental Radioactivity
2017 Feb.Complete the main building of IER


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