12:00-13:30 Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Aleksei Vladimirovich Yablokov
Author of "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe
for People and the Environment"
Two years after the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, experts disagree over the health impact from the radioactive fall-out. The public is confused and does not know whom to believe.
Although the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in today's Ukraine lies 27 years back, the health impact and the number of deaths is still disputed. One expert who does not believe in the official figures of governments and international organizations, such as the IAEA and WHO, is Dr. Aleksei Vladimirovich Yablokov. Dr. Yablokov was a science advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, and conducted a meta-analysis of available documents leading him to estimate
up to 1 million deaths attributable to the disaster.
2009, his findings were published in English by the New York Academy of Science as "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment". This study has been updated and translated into Japanese by a team of volunteers over the past two years. The book is published in Japan by Iwanami Shoten.
On the occasion of the book launch, Aleksei Yablokov will give a presentation at the FCCJ to discuss his findings and parallels between Chernobyl and Fukushima. He will explain how this book can help establish better measures and policies for radiological protection in the post-3.11 Japan.