Fukushima University opened the Fukushima Future Center for Regional Revitalization on April 13th, 2013 to support the long-term restoration and revitalization efforts of Fukushima. The prime objective of this center is to scientifically survey and research the facts associated with damage arising out of the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster and Nuclear Reactor accident, and based on these facts, make projections on changes in the disaster areas and support the restoration and revitalization process. The Center provides support for restoration and revitalization efforts through collaborations, cooperation and joint activities between Fukushima University staff and others and external entities.
Established as the first affiliated research institute of Fukushima University, the Institute of Environmental Radioactivity aims to serve as a focal point of intellect and knowledge from scientists in elucidating the distribution and behavior of radioactivity in the environment. By closely cooperating with various research institutes within and outside the country and accepting scientists and specialists in the related disciplines from different parts of the world, we conduct research in forests, rivers, lakes, ocean and the air in Fukushima and utilize the results of our research in developing models and measurement instruments as well as create reference specimens.
The safety of food in Fukushima has been threatened due to contamination of soil, land, sea and water. Farmers are going out of business and consumers are avoiding produce from Fukushima. These are seious issues that affect the stable supply of food in Japan, and the establishment of new agricultural management systems in contaminated regions, the creation of food production clusters, production of new energy, the establishment of inspection methods ensuring food safety and training of personnel to perform these are essential. Click here to find out more, in addition to a variety of other research project commissioned by our University following the March 11th disasters.
In October 2011, the direction of the medium-long term decontamination plan was determined, and a decontamination plan aimed at reducing the radioactive dose rate in outdoor areas of the campus was presented to ensure a safer living environment for students. In addition to removal of contaminated top soil, the university has effectively decontaminated its campus using high-pressure washing systems and filters. Click here to find out more.