Tetsuya Ishikawa (VA)


Tetsuya Ishikawa,
PTA member,
Date City

There haven’t been any conflicts with the neighbors, but of course it is difficult when it comes to opinions towards radiation. We don’t want to say that it is probably this or probably not that, or even if we do talk about it, I feel that we don’t want to point out the differences in our ways of thinking.”

Sunkichi Nonaka (VA)


Sunkichi Nonaka,
Managing Director,
Coop Fukushima

Coop Fukushima is active in different cities and areas such as Fukushima city, Koriyama and the district of Futaba, which was directly hit by the accident at the nuclear power plant. It has a total of 186,000 members. This means that roughly one-third of 550,000 households are members of Coop Fukushima.”

Muneo Kanno (VA)


Muneo Kanno,
Director, NPO Resurrection of Fukushima, Itate

What is important for me is that the residents have criteria that they can make decisions with, and then we will steadily be able to head in a uniform direction and narrow the discussion down. We need there to be a shape to what is happening. That is what the residents services need to be achieving in my mind.”
With the support of radiation protection experts, Muneo Kanno tackled the decontamination of his land. He designed 3D maps displaying measurement results in the neighboring environment.

Hisao Tsuboi (VA)


Hisao Tsuboi,
Director, Tsuboi Noen, Tamura

Even before the 2011 disaster, I have always been working with a view to providing my customers – who are largely located in the Tokyo metropolitan area – with products they can consume with absolute peace of mind. And now, my motivation is, as far I as can, to make my best efforts to provide them again with products they can be confident in.”

Masaharu Tsubokura (VA)


Masaharu Tsubokura,
Medical Doctor, Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital

Although the extensive radiation screening showed no internal cesium exposure in Fukushima children, there are still people who say they can’t consume Fukushima produce. Our job is to continue checkups and to deal with each one of them sincerely. »

Makoto Miyazaki (VA)


Makoto Miyazaki,
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine

There are various ways of handling the results, but the reality is that what is necessary for the people who live there are things like : is it a situation in which we can live and if we can at what level? You as an individual need to decide what you will eat tomorrow, where will you go tomorrow etc. and be honest about your needs, and if the measured results do not reach what is possible for the individual then it is not suitable for the individual.”

Shinya Endo (VA)


Shinya Endo,
Public Works Contractor and Farmer, Suetsugi District,

Right now, we think we’re okay, but we have no records or history to predict the impact five or ten years later so we really don’t know. If it is possible, we want to live where we always have and return to the same environment. We need to work really hard to make that happen.”

Takahiro Hanzawa (VA)


Takahiro Hanzawa,
Deputy Mayor, Date City

Once again, we could witness how important interpersonal relationships are.
I think all of us share the idea that it is up to us to restore our area, as it is something we had built by ourselves.
I think everyone feels that our area is something we should preserve and cultivate by ourselves.
In attaching great importance to each person’s thoughts, I am sure we can make this place a better one, even better than before the catastrophe, in every sense of the word.”

Shoji Nishida (VA)


Shoji Nishida,
Mayor, Date City

Well, as regards this accident, before it occurred, we had absolutely no idea of what is called ‘radiation protection’. We were aware that radioactivity was harmful to health, but we knew neither to what extent nor what countermeasures to apply. By now, everyone knows about that, about the risk linked to radiation up to the point of what measure to opt for.”

Jean-Christophe Gariel (VA)


Jean-Christophe Gariel,
Head, Environmental Protection Division, IRSN, France

Beyond purely radiological issues, numerous social or economic problems have to be factored into the management of post-accident situations. Participating in the Dialogues as an expert raised my awareness of the importance of this approach.”