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2011 September 7 - 13 [NUCLEAR CRISIS]

Increase of personnel for marine radioactivity studies needed

September 8, 2011
The director-general of the National Research Institute of Fisheries Sciences, Fisheries Research Agency on September 7 suggested to Japanese Communist Party member of the House of Councilors Kami Tomoko to make a request for the government to promote human resources development in the field of marine radioactivity inspections.

Kami was visiting the institute as the JCP bureau head in charge of agriculture, forestry and fisheries to learn about the process of measuring and analyzing radioactive impacts on marine products after the nuclear accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima plant.

The institute has been inspecting five species of fish caught in Kanagawa, Chiba, and Ibaraki on a daily basis since the institute was commissioned to do an emergency survey following the accident.

The Institute’s Director-General Wada Tokio complained that he “cannot arrange a schedule” for the precise analysis it had regularly conducted because of lack of research associates.

He also pointed out that the analysis associated with the Fukushima accident would need a few decades to be completed.

“It will be important to increase the number of researchers capable of handling machines, analyzing, and informing the general public of the survey result in an easy-to-understand manner. I think the government should respond to this need,” the institute’s chief said.

Kami in reply said, “The JCP will cooperate in securing and nurturing the human resources,” expressing her expectations for the institute, which has extensive experience in that field since the 1954 Bikini hydrogen bomb test explosion, to play a leading role in the present radioactivity survey.

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