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08/08/2013

Fukushima-Daiichi Accident: Information note concerning the evolution of the environmental contamination and the contamination of foodstuffs produced in Japan


Since 2011, IRSN regularly publishes a newsletter for French citizens living in Japan. Prepared by experts from the Institute, this report is intended to help reduce as much as possible the exposure of French expatriates to environmental pollution persistent in parts of Japan, mainly in the districts of Fukushima, Tochigi, Ibaraki and Miyagi. An updated version of this newsletter was published in June 2013 in French, and is today made available in English.

This report updates IRSN’s recommendations in the light of the most recent data published in Japan on the evolution of the environmental contamination as well as that of the foodstuffs produced in Japan. It also covers two particular topics, developed respectively in appendices 1 and 2:

  • the evolution of radioactive deposits in the terrestrial environment since the year of the accident, and its impact on the zoning set up by the Japanese authorities around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant;
  • the evolution of the levels of contamination observed in the different categories of foodstuffs produced in Japan, and IRSN’s assessment of the risks for consumers.

For illustrative purposes, appendix 3 outlines the results of radiametric measurements carried out by IRSN in February 2013 along a route followed in Fukushima city. These measurement results demonstrate the variability in practice of the radioactive ambiance that may be observed at a local scale and the reasons to explain this variability.

Download the information note "Information note concerning the evolution of the environmental contamination and the contamination of foodstuffs produced in Japan"  (PDF file)

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