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Japan: Fukushima Closes 2 Parking Lots for Emergency Decontamination Work


FUKUSHIMA—Two parking lots in the city of Fukushima were declared off-limits to the public on May 7 after high concentrations of radioactive cesium were detected in the exposed soil there. Local authorities shut down the parking lots for emergency decontamination operations after a nonprofit organization found a maximum of 430,000 Becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium during a survey conducted between April 29-May 2 at the behest of local residents.
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Japan: Disaster Prevention Manual to be Distributed Free-of-charge to Children Worldwide


Hoping to educate children around the world about how to protect themselves during natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami and landslides, researcher Megumi Sugimoto has designed a free English-language handbook to be distributed worldwide via the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Sugimoto, who works with the Public Works Research Institute/Global Centre of Excellence for Water Hazard and Risk Management in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, spent several years teaching residents in Indonesia about disaster prevention after the country was hit by a massive tsunami in 2004.
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Japan: UN Agency to Open Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Centre in Fukushima


Experts from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are heading to Japan to launch an emergency preparedness and response centre in Fukushima, the coastal city devastated 2 years ago when a massive earthquake and tsunami set off meltdowns at a nuclear power plant. The IAEA, supported by the Government of Japan, will designate a new Response and Assistance Network (RANET) Capacity Building Centre in Fukushima last week of May 2013, according to a news release from the UN nuclear watchdog. The Centre will be home to several IAEA activities aimed at enhancing emergency preparedness and response capacity, both in Japan and
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Japan: NRA Shows off Its new Crisis Center


The Nuclear Regulation Authority on June  20 Thursday showed the media its new Emergency Response Center, where data will be gathered and decisions made if another Fukushima-like disaster strikes. The previous ERC, which was run by the now-defunct Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency in Kasumigaseki, only had one system, which limited its ability to get on top of the crisis. The ERC can use the system to connect with nuclear power plants across the country, the municipal and prefectural governments hosting them, the utilities running them, and the prime minister’s office. The old ERC had only 250 sq. meters of floor space, but t
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Japan: Remote Internal Imaging Robot Helps Doctors in Emergency Situations


This remote medical care robot for use in emergency situations is under development by a research group at Waseda University, led by Dr. Hiroyasu Iwata. “If a person receives an impact in an accident, there is a possibility that they could have internal bleeding. In emergency rooms, there’s a diagnostic method called FAST, using ultrasound imaging to check for internal bleeding. But that can’t be done until the patient reaches the hospital. So our idea is that this robot can be put on the patient in an ambulance, and while on the way to the hospital, it can be controlled by a doctor in a remote location. As there is ultraso
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