Junichiro Tada (VA)


Junichiro Tada,
Director. NPO, Radiation Safety Forum, Fukushima City

I don’t think that the doses incorporated by the population in the Prefecture are likely to have an impact on health. I rather think that excessive worries regarding radioactivity might have an impact on health. We see for instance people who become depressed because they can’t go back home, or children who develop mental consequences from the excessively stringent discipline imposed by mothers worried by the impact from radioactivity on health.”

(Interview on September 11th, 2014 with Fukushima Minyu News)

Ohtsura Niwa (VA)


Ohtsura Niwa,
Professor. Fukushima Medical University, Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey

I wanted to visit Belarus 25 years after the accident. I went to Bragin, a small town located in the south of Belarus, next to the no-go zone. When I arrived, I saw young people, lots of school students, I heard the price of land and of building land was going up because young people were moving in.
I found that very heartening. I thought Fukushima also might be OK after 25 years.”

Jacques Lochard (VA)


Jacques Lochard,
Vice-Chairman, International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)

In July 1990, I arrived in a village located near the 30-kilometer zone around Chernobyl. The mayor of this half- abandoned village told me he almost regretted the time of the accident, since being mayor at that time made sense to him, helping people leave the village, organizing the evacuation, etc. Conversely, four years later, he felt useless: no more children, a deserted infirmary, no more agriculture… nobody but elderly people. Suddenly, I was taking stock of the human dimension of the disaster, whereas, until then, I had regarded it merely as a matter of nuclear safety.”

Maiko Momma (VA)


Maiko Momma,
Advisor, Assistance to population for radiation protection, Iwaki City

I was really worried by the idea of coming back next to the coast. And also, my kids were still really so young. I was really scared.”
Family portrait. Drawing by Miori Momma who turned 5 in 2015.

Sanae Ito (VA)


Sanae Ito,
Evacuee to Kyoto, formerly living in Minamisoma

I come back to Minamisoma 2 to 3 times a year. And now, after four years, I feel like I would be glad to return, but the feeling that I could not return remains stronger.”

Mayumi Ootsuki (VA)


Mayumi Ootsuki,
Ryozen village inhabitant
Date City


On March 14th at noon, I was told it would be better to make some preparation for immediate evacuation. But at the same time, many people who wanted to leave were unable to do so. The first reason was, many just had no place to go.”



ICRP Publication 111, entitled Application of the Commission’s Recommendations to the Protection of People Living in Long-term Contaminated Areas after a Nuclear Accident or a Radiation Emergency, provides guidance for the protection of people living in such areas. Although the focus is on radiation protection, the publication also recognizes the complexity of post-accident situations, which cannot be managed without addressing all the affected aspects of daily life, including the environmental, health, economic, social, psychological, cultural, ethical and political domains.
The publication stresses the direct involvement of the affected population and local professionals for the rehabilitation of living conditions, and the management of the situation, and the responsibility of authorities at both the national and local levels to create the conditions and provide the means for the population’s involvement and empowerment. The role of radiation monitoring, health surveillance, and the management of contaminated foodstuffs and other commodities is described from this perspective.

Ryoko Ando (VA)


Ryoko Ando,
NPO Ethos in Fukushima, Suetsugi

After the nuclear accident, voices raged about Fukushima but left behind those of us who live in Fukushima. Everybody wanted to have his or her say without regard for what we think and feel. I could not accept that. I even felt angry. I started ETHOS in Fukushima out of a conviction that it is we who should narrate our life. In the midst of the turmoil, ICRP 111 was the only support for our minds.”