December 10, 2022 18th Dialog meeting was held in Iwaki, Fukushima

Date & time:

Saturday, December 10, 2022, 13:00-17:00


Iwaki Business Innovation Center, Planning Exhibition Hall A

Since 2016, we have been conducting the dialog meetings to feedback our research results to local communities. On December 10, 2022, the 18th dialog meeting entitled Symposium: “Linking the Productive Sea of Fukushima to the Future -Issues for Recovery from the Nuclear Power Plant Accident and Reconstruction of the Fishery Industry-” was held. Approximately 140 people attended the symposium both online and at the venue.

This symposium was planned amidst growing concerns about new reputation damage about the marine environment in Fukushima Prefecture due to the decision to discharge ALPS treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the ocean, even as the concentration of radioactive materials in marine products has declined markedly and the fisheries cooperatives in Fukushima aims to systematically increase the amount of fish caught.

Speakers included researchers affiliated with IER, researchers who have been investigating the marine environment and radioactive contamination of marine products after the accident from the perspectives of natural science and social science, and researchers who have been working on the reconstruction of Fukushima Prefecture’s fishery industry from the perspective of fisheries cooperative association and prefectural government agencies. They presented the research result revealed so far and the efforts for future.

At the end of the discussion session, each presenters spoke about their thoughts on fishery recovery, and participants commented that “the explanation of the current situation of fishery, fish, and ocean, explained by scientific data, deepened my understanding” and “I could understand the current situation of fishery in Fukushima.”, “I think it is important to consider a renewed idea for the coastal environmental utilization of Fukushima prefecture rather than restoring to the original state before the disaster “. and “It is desirable to exchange information with the younger generation who will lead the next generation.”

IER will continue to provide opportunities to exchange opinions with the public, including the residents of Fukushima Prefecture, so that the results of our research can be linked to the reconstruction of Fukushima.

Participants gathered from inside and outside Fukushima Prefecture.
Discussion session
Posters of the research by the affiliated institutes were displayed outside the venue.