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Hiroshima to Fukushima: Biohazards of Radiation

Sponsor: Centre for Japanese Research
Place: Conference room #120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall
By: Professor Eiichiro Ochiai, PhD, Professor Emeritus
Type: Seminar
Dates: Monday, Mar 31, 2014 to Monday, Mar 31, 2014
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Japan is the only country that experienced the horror of atomic bombs, dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The United States of America was eager to persuade the Japanese of the merit of a “peaceful” use of the atomic energy; President Eisenhower made a speech on the Atomic power for peace on Dec. 13, 1953. The experience of the atomic bombs made the introduction of nuclear power in Japan relatively easy in a sense. The people who experienced the evil of the atomic power wanted to console themselves by seeing the peaceful use of the atomic power. Right after the Eisenhower’s speech, Japan again was exposed to the horror of radiation caused by the hydrogen bomb test in the South Pacific; i.e., Daigo-Fukuryu-maru incident. Fukushima incident is now the fourth major incident of radiation incurred on the Japanese. This talk will be focused on the issue of radiation that is common to the military and peaceful use of nuclear energy, and try to debunk the Japanese government claim that low dose exposure (less than 100 mSv) would have no significant health effects.


Born in Tokyo, Japan; PhD from University of Tokyo; taught and did research at universities and colleges in Japan (U. Tokyo), Canada (U. British Columbia, U. Toronto), Sweden (U. Umeå and Stockholm), Germany (U. Marburg), and USA (Ohio State U., U. Maryland, Juniata College); Professor emeritus of Juniata College, PA, USA; published about 110 research papers and articles on chemistry; books published include “Bioinorganic Chemistry, an Introduction” (Allyn and Bacon, 1977; published while at UBC; translated into Chinese and Spanish), “General Principles of Biochemistry of the Elements” (Plenum Press, 1987), and “Bioinorganic Chemistry, a Survey” (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2008); “Chemicals for Life and Living” (Springer Verlag, 2011), “Hiroshima to Fukushima: Biohazards of Radiation” (Springer Verlag, 2013), “A Sustainable Human Civilization beyond the current corrupt Civilization” (in Japanese, Hon-no-Izumi sha, 2013); publications also include about 200 short articles on education and about 230 short articles on issues of economics, politics, peace, radiation problems, and civilization.

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