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Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident (III)

After 7 Years

  • Tomoko M. Nakanishi
  • Martin O`Brien
  • Keitaro Tanoi


  • Presents detailed radioactive contamination data on agricultural systems, including agricultural lands, upland habitats (forestry), and marine and freshwater environments

  • Provides an overview of the contamination situation in Fukushima

  • Discusses technology developments for the measurement and imaging of radioactive nuclides using ICP-MS and the real-time radioisotope imaging system

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Tomoko M. Nakanishi
    Pages 1-8 Open Access
  3. Keisuke Nemoto, Naoto Nihei
    Pages 9-14 Open Access
  4. Keitaro Tanoi, Tatsuya Nobori, Shuto Shiomi, Takumi Saito, Natsuko I. Kobayashi, Nathalie Leonhardt et al.
    Pages 15-25 Open Access
  5. Naoto Nihei, Shoichiro Hamamoto
    Pages 27-33 Open Access
  6. Junyou Li, Chunxiang Piao, Hirohiko Iitsuka, Masanori Ikeda, Tomotsugu Takahashi, Natsuko Kobayashi et al.
    Pages 35-50 Open Access
  7. Takahiro Yoshii, Tairo Oshima, Saburo Matsui, Noboru Manabe
    Pages 51-58 Open Access
  8. Toshihiro Kogure, Hiroki Mukai, Ryosuke Kikuchi
    Pages 59-75 Open Access
  9. Yusaku Noda, Tsutomu Aohara, Shinobu Satoh, Jun Furukawa
    Pages 95-105 Open Access
  10. Natsuko I. Kobayashi, Ryosuke Ito, Masaya Masumori
    Pages 107-122 Open Access
  11. Masashi Murakami, Takahiro Miyata, Natsuko Kobayashi, Keitaro Tanoi, Nobuyoshi Ishii, Nobuhito Ohte
    Pages 141-152 Open Access
  12. Yoichi Tao, Muneo Kanno, Soji Obara, Shunichiro Kuriyama, Takaaki Sano, Katsuhiko Ninomiya
    Pages 153-163 Open Access
  13. Shuichiro Yoshida, Sho Shiozawa, Naoto Nihei, Kazuhiro Nishida
    Pages 165-176 Open Access
  14. Ryohei Sugita, Natsuko I. Kobayashi, Atsushi Hirose, Keitaro Tanoi, Tomoko M. Nakanishi
    Pages 221-231 Open Access

About this book


This open access book presents the findings from on-site research into radioactive cesium contamination in various agricultural systems affected by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in March 2011. This third volume in the series reports on studies undertaken at contaminated sites such as farmland, forests, and marine and freshwater environments, with a particular focus on livestock, wild plants and mushrooms, crops, and marine products in those environments. It also provides additional data collected in the subsequent years to show how the radioactivity levels in agricultural products and their growing environments have changed with time and the route by which radioactive materials entered agricultural products as well as their movement between different components (e.g., soil, water, and trees) within an environmental system (e.g., forests). The book covers various topics, including radioactivity testing of food products; decontamination trials for rice and livestock production; the state of contamination in, trees, mushrooms, and timber; the dynamics of radioactivity distribution in paddy fields and upland forests; damage incurred by the forestry and fishery industries; and the change in consumers’ attitudes. Chapter 19 introduces a real-time radioisotope imaging system, a pioneering technique to visualize the movement of cesium in soil and in plants. This is the only book to provide systematic data on the actual change of radioactivity, and as such is of great value to all researchers who wish to understand the effect of radioactive fallout on agriculture. In addition, it helps the general public to better understand the issues of radio-contamination in the environment. The project is ongoing; the research groups from the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences of The University of Tokyo continue their work in the field to further evaluate the long-term effects of the Fukushima accident.


Open Access Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Cs-137 accumulation and movement Agricultural effects of radio-contamination Remediation trial of agriculture Food contamination Radioactivity distribution Decontamination procedures The Great East Japan Earthquake

Editors and affiliations

  • Tomoko M. Nakanishi
    • 1
  • Martin O`Brien
    • 2
  • Keitaro Tanoi
    • 3
  1. 1.Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoBunkyo-kuJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoBunkyo-kuJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoBunkyo-kuJapan

About the editors

Tomoko M. Nakanishi
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Martin O`Brien
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo 

Keitaro Tanoi
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo

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