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[U07-17] The Geochemical Society of Japan's response to and after the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station accident
Keywords:Geochemical Society of Japan, Great East Japan Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Power Station accident, radioactive material
The Geochemical Society of Japan (GSJ) initiated several actions soon after the earthquake and the FDNPP accident. For instance, in response to the society's appeal, many GSJ members joined the project to map the distribution of several radioactive nuclides in soil samples in the Fukushima Prefecture under the supervision of the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Sport and Technology (MEXT). The members' contributions led to the creation of several distribution maps of radioactive nuclides, such as 134, 137Cs, 131I, and 132Te, trapped in soils in Fukushima (MEXT, 2011). The GSJ members also performed several experiments from various aspects individually or in groups in collaboration with researchers from neighboring fields. Considering these situations, the GSJ proposed to organize special sessions on research activities related to the FDNPS accident on the occasions of the 2011 Goldschmidt Conference and 2011 Annual Meeting of the GSJ.
For the Fukushima Review session of the 2011 Goldschmidt Conference in Prague, nine papers (all invited) were orally presented on August 16, 2011. After the session, a statement was appealed by the presidents of three societies, Drs. Mitsuru Ebihara, Bernard Bourdon, and Samuel Mukasa, on behalf of the GSJ, the European Association of Geochemistry, and the Geochemical Society, respectively. In this statement, the disclosure of monitoring data on radioactive material, continued monitoring of the spread of radioactive materials, and international alliance of researchers for the global monitoring of radioactive materials was strongly appealed.