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IER Activity Log 2021

March 25, 2022 Three IER students graduated.

Ms. Nguyen and Ms. Kikuchi having their graduation certificates in their hand. With IER members who work in the laboratories on the 4th floor of the IER.Ms. Nguyen and Ms. Kikuchi
having their graduation certificates in their hand.
With IER members who work in the laboratories
on the 4th floor of the IER.

The graduation ceremony of Fukushima University was held on March 25, 2022 and three students studying at the IER celebrated their graduation day.

Ms. Nguyen Phuong Thoa is an international student from Vietnam and has studied the transfer of radionuclides into plants for three years under the supervision of Prof. Tsukada. She successfully completed the study and was awarded Ph.D.

Ms. Mihoko Kikuchi has studied the radioactive contamination levels of self-consumed crops in the difficult-to-return zone under the supervision of Prof. Tsukada. As an adult student, she has handled both studying and working for three years using the extended-study system and finally acquired the master’s degree.

Ms. Honoka Kurosawa enrolled in the master’s program of the environmental radioactivity science major after completing the undergraduate course of the faculty of symbiotic systems science of Fukushima University. Under the supervision of Associate Prof. Wakiyama, she has studied the dynamics of radionuclides in an urban pond and acquired the master’s degree this time. After completing the master’s program, she will continue her study at the IER as a Ph.D. student from the coming April.

Having graduation certificates in their hands, the students looked very proud of themselves and their bright smiles were so impressive. Congratulations on your graduation!!

Ms. Kurosawa and Prof. Wakiyama, her supervisor Ms. Kurosawa and
Prof. Wakiyama, her supervisor
Ms. Kurosawa and Ms. Nguyen Ms. Kurosawa and Ms. Nguyen

March 19, 2022. We organized “The excursion of Environmental Radioactivity Seminar in Densho-kan in FY2021”

Date:March 19, 2022
Place:Hamadori area, Fukushima Prefecture
・Futaba Station
・The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum (Densho-kan)
・Ukedo elementary school
・Shibaei fishery company
・Roadside Station Namie

On March 19, 2022, IER held “The excursion of Environmental Radioactivity Seminar in Densho-kan in FY2021”. The seminar itself was held in September, 2021, as a part of the human resource development program led by Nagasaki University and adopted in FY2021 under the Fukushima Innovation Coast Framework ("Fukkou-Chi" Project), which involves universities and other organizations. However, the excursion part had been postponed due to the COIVD-19 infection at that time. This excursion was attended by 16 participants including one graduate student major in Environmental Radioactivity, 4 students major in Symbiotic Systems Science and Technology, some Faculty members, and staff members of the IER. 

Listening to an explanation at Futaba Station Listening to an explanation at Futaba Station

Firstly at Futaba Station, a representative from the Futaba Town Office gave us a tour of the Futaba Station area, explaining the evacuation situation at the time of the earthquake and the current state of reconstruction, the public housing project under construction near the station, and the temporary town office building etc.

Next, we visited the Densho-kan, and took an exhibition booths tour with curators explaining the exhibits. We were able to hear valuable stories about that time, including how the exhibits were actually collected.

Then, we stopped by "Ukedo Elementary School," Fukushima Prefecture's first post-disaster restoration, and " Shibaei fishery company” which reopened for business in April 2020, nine years after the disaster. Lastly we stopped by "Roadside Station Namie", a symbol of Namie Town's recovery, where visitors could experience a variety of products and activities, such as Local Sake (made by Suzuki Sake Brewery), Ohori-Soma-yaki (famous pottery in Soma City), and Lucky Park (featuring Pokemon characters) etc.

This excursion gave us a great opportunity to learn about the damage caused by the disaster and the state of reconstruction.

Touring at the Densho-kan Touring at the Densho-kan
Visiting Ukedo Elementary School Visiting Ukedo Elementary School
Lucky manhole at Roadside Station Namie Lucky manhole at Roadside Station Namie
Group shot at Roadside Station Namie Group shot at Roadside Station Namie

March 16, 2022 We held the 11th IER Seminar of FY2021.

Date & Time:Wed. March 16, 2022, 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Speaker:Associate Professor, HIRAO Shigekazu
Title:Investigation of atmospheric radioactivity in Okuma
Associate professor HIRAOAssociate professor HIRAO

Institute of Environmental Radioactivity (IER) regularly holds the IER seminar, in which the faculty members report on their research results, with the purpose of facilitating their research activities and communication. The 11th IER Seminar of FY2021 was held on March 16, and Associate Professor, HIRAO Shigekazu gave a presentation on his research activities. The seminar was attended by 12 researchers and graduate students, including online attendees.

In the presentation on Investigation of atmospheric radioactivity in Okuma, Prof. HIRAO explained that the atmospheric concentration of Cs-137 has shown a gradual decrease from 2013 to 2018 and has leveled off at a certain concentration. He also introduced that due to the decontamination activities near the observatory points that began in 2018, Cs-137 continues to be released from the ground and buildings into the atmosphere.

After the presentation, various questions and opinions were exchanged among participants.

Question time Question time
Question time

February 13th, 2022 We held the 17th Dialogue meeting in Fukushima city.

IER held the 17th dialogue meeting at Fukushima city, Fukushima Prefecure.
IER has been holding these meetings since 2016, in order to feedback our research results to local communities.

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February 28 & March1, 2022 We held the 8th Annual Symposium

2nd day of symoisium

The IER holds an annual symposium every year to report research results to the general public and experts and to exchange opinions. The 8th annual symposium was held on February 28 and March 1, 2022, under the theme of“Fukushima Post-Accidental Contamination ~Consequences and long-term trends~”. Although the event was originally planned to be held as a hybrid event on-site and online, it changed to an online event due to the spread of COVID-19 infections. We received a lot of registration for participation and a total of approximately 220 people joined the oral presentation for experts and the symposium for the general public.

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January 24, 2022 We held the 9th IER Seminar of FY2021.<Associate Professor RAHMAN, Project Professor KONOPLEV>

February 17, 2022 We held the 10th IER Seminar of FY2021.
<Graduate students>

February, 2022 The article was published in JST News February 2022 (JST PR magazine).

December 27th, 2021 We held the 8th IER Seminar of FY2021.
<Associate Professor WADA, Professor YOSCHENKO>

December 20, 2021   We held an IER Special Seminar online.
<Dr. Anna Romanchuk>

December 11th, 2021 We held the 16th Dialogue meeting in Koriyama city.

November 29th, 2021 We held the 7th IER Seminar of FY2021.
<by Project Prof. TORII, Project Assistant Prof. ISHINIWA, and Project Researcher KANSASHI>

November 12, 2021, Signing the Agreement on Cooperation in Environmental Radioactivity Research with Tomioka Town.

On November 11, 2021, H.E. Dr. Sergiy Korsunsky, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Japan, visited the IER

November 5, 2021 We held an IER Special Seminar online.
<Dr. Georg Steinhauser>

October 29th 2021 Students from Chuo University visited the IER.

October 25, 2021 We held the 6th IER Seminar of FY2021.
<by Prof. TSUKADA>

October 18, 2021 We held the 5th IER Seminar of FY2021.
<by Graduate Students>

October 11-12, 2021 We held an international symposium.

October 7, 2021 Students from Fukushima High School visited us.

September 27, 2021 We held the 4th IER Seminar of FY2021
<by Prof. NANBA and Associate Prof. HAYASHI>

September 4 and 5, 2021 We held an “Environmental Radioactivity Seminar in Densho-kan” online.

August 30, 2021   We held the third IER Seminar of FY2021.
<by Project Researcher TATSUNO>

August 6, 2021 We held an IER Special Seminar.
<by Dr. Yumiko Ishii>

August 6, 2021 We held an IER Special Seminar online.
<by Dr. Vladimir Petrov>

Monday, July 19, 2021 We held the second IER seminar.
<by Project Associate Professor TAKATA>

June 22, June 29, 2021   We held an IER Special Seminar online.
<by Dr. Yoshito Watanabe>

June 22, 2021 Prof.Yoschenko gave a lecture at Fukushma High School.

June 21, 2021 We held the first IER Seminar.
<by Project Assistant Professor IGARASHI and Associate Professor WAKIYAMA>

June 7, 2021   We held an IER Special Seminar online.
<by Dr. Stanislav Geras’kin>

June 1, 2021   We held an IER Special Seminar online.
<by Dr. Maksym A. Gusyev>

May 18, May 25, 2021  We held IER Special Seminars online.
<by Dr. Thomas Johnson>

May 17, 2021   We held an IER Special Seminar online.
<by Prof. Dr. Nele Horemans>

April 5, 2021 We held an orientation for new graduate students