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Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

The First Three Years

  • Tomoko M. Nakanishi
  • Keitaro Tanoi
  • Details radioactive contamination in the agricultural systems affected by fallout

  • Provides radioactivity counting data that is easy to understand

  • Introduces a novel technique to visualize actual movement of cesium in soil and plants

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Tomoko M. Nakanishi
    Pages 1-9 Open Access
  3. Naoto Nihei
    Pages 23-31 Open Access
  4. Yoshihiro Ohmori, Nobuhiro Tanaka, Toru Fujiwara
    Pages 33-43 Open Access
  5. Noboru Manabe, Tomotsugu Takahashi, Maiko Endo, Chunxiang Piao, Junyou Li, Hiroshi Kokado et al.
    Pages 77-90 Open Access
  6. Noboru Manabe, Tomotsugu Takahashi, Chunxiang Piao, Junyou Li, Keitaro Tanoi, Tomoko M. Nakanishi
    Pages 91-98 Open Access
  7. Daisuke Takata
    Pages 119-143 Open Access
  8. Masaya Masumori, Norio Nogawa, Shin Sugiura, Takeshi Tange
    Pages 161-174 Open Access
  9. Nobuhito Ohte, Masashi Murakami, Izuki Endo, Mizue Ohashi, Kohei Iseda, Takahiro Suzuki et al.
    Pages 175-188 Open Access
  10. Naritaka Kubo, Toshiaki Iida, Masaru Mizoguchi
    Pages 189-204 Open Access
  11. Hiromi Hosono, Yuko Kumagai, Mami Iwabuchi, Tsutomu Sekizaki
    Pages 229-245 Open Access
  12. Ryohei Sugita, Atsushi Hirose, Natsuko I. Kobayashi, Keitaro Tanoi, Tomoko M. Nakanishi
    Pages 247-263 Open Access

About this book


This book reports the results from on-site research into radioactive cesium contamination in various agricultural systems affected by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident that occurred in March 2011. This is the second volume from the research groups formed in the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences of The University of Tokyo who have published the initial data in their first volume. In this book, additional data collected in the subsequent years are presented to show how the radioactivity level in agricultural products and their growing environments have changed with time. The data clarify the route by which radioactive materials entered agricultural products and their movement among different components (e.g., soil, water, and trees) within an environmental system (e.g., forests). The book consists of various topics, including radioactivity inspection of food products; decontamination trials for rice and livestock production; the state of contamination in wild animals and birds, trees, mushrooms, and timber; the dynamics of radioactivity distribution in mountain and paddy fields; damage incurred by the forestry and fishery industries; and the change in consumers’ minds. The last chapter introduces a real-time radioisotope imaging system, the forefront technique to visualize actual movement of cesium in soil and in plants. This is the only book to provide systematic data about the actual change of radioactivity, and thus is of great value for all researchers who wish to understand the effect of radioactive fallout on agriculture. The project is ongoing; the research groups continue their work in the field for further evaluation of the long-term effects.


Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Radioactive contamination Radioactive cesium fallout Food contamination Radioactivity distribution Decontamination procedures Consumer mind The Great East Japan Earthquake Real-time radioisotope imaging system Tsunami

Editors and affiliations

  • Tomoko M. Nakanishi
    • 1
  • Keitaro Tanoi
    • 2
  1. 1.Grad Sch Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Grad Sch Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoBunkyo-kuJapan

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“Nakanishi and Tanoi (both, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan) have compiled a series of open access papers detailing research from the first four years after the Fukushima nuclear accident. … the work provides clear insight into expectations from nuclear catastrophe, particularly within the framework of regulatory limits on radiation. … this source will prove useful to those living near nuclear reactors. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates through professionals and practitioners.” (M. S. Coyne, Choice, Vol. 54 (2), October, 2016)