Shunichi Yamashita to Head a New Support Center in Fukushima for Residents Returning to Evacuation Zone
On May 1, 2014, an article, translated into English below, appeared on a Japanese Internet news site. Shunichi Yamashita, one of the three Fukushima Prefecture Radiation Health Risk Management Advisors and a former vice president of Fukushima Medical University, will be heading a new Nagasaki University center in Fukushima Prefecture.
Only a year ago, Yamashita left Fukushima Prefecture, where he was a chairman of the Prefectural Resident Health Management Survey Oversight Committee, and returned to Nagasaki Prefecture. Yamashita is infamous for his "safe up to 100 mSv" statement, encouraging residents to let children play outside freely, discounting the need for protective use of face masks, and irresponsibly telling the residents to follow the annual exposure limit of 20 mSv set forth by the government.
It seems that Yamashita is officially "back in business."
Nagasaki University establishes a new support organization in Fukushima, geared towards returning residents.
"Nagasaki University announced on May 1st that a new organization called “Fukushima Future Creation Support and Research Center” was established, which would support recovery effort of Fukushima Prefecture from TEPCO Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident, with medical care, welfare and education. Nagasaki University has been offering support, drawing from its experience in medical care of Hibakusha in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, since immediately after the accident. The center official says, “We would like to emphasize the support of returning residents as the evacuation order gets lifted from now on.”
The center will explain to residents about the numbers in ambient radiation doses and radiation exposure doses and hold workshops for medical and nursing students to learn about radiation. Nagasaki University vice president Shunichi Yamashita was assigned to be the director of the center."