Expert Group

About the Nuclear Disaster Expert Group

The group is comprised of the following eight members (in the order of the Japanese syllabary):

  • Keigo Endo, M.D., Ph.D.
    President, Kyoto College of Medical Science
    Professor Emeritus, Gunma University
    Former President, Japan Radiological Society
    Former President, the Japanese Society of Nuclear Medicine
  • Kenji Kamiya, M.D., Ph.D.
    Vice President, Fukushima Medical University
    Vice President (Reconstruction Support/Radiation Disaster Medicine), Hiroshima University
    Council Member, Science Council of Japan
  • Kazunori Kodama, M.D., Ph.D.
    Chief Scientist, Radiation Effects Research Foundation
    Chairman, Japanese Expert Panel for the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)
    Former President, Japan Epidemiological Association
  • Kazuo Sakai, Ph.D.
    Former Director, Research Center for Radiation Protection, Research Center for Radiation Emergency Medicine and Center for Human Resources Development, National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS)
  • Yasuhito Sasaki, M.D., Ph.D.
    Former President, National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS)
    Former Professor of Radiology, School of Medicine, the Universiry of Tokyo
    Former Member of Main Commission of International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)
    Former Chairman, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)
  • Shigenobu Nagataki, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus, Nagasaki University
    Former Chairman, Radiation Effects Research Foundation
    Honorary Chairman, International Association of Radiopathology
    President, Radiation Effects Association
  • Kazuhiko Maekawa, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo
    Chairman, the Council for Radiation Emergency Medicine Network, National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS)
    Representative Director, the Japanese Association for Radiation Accident/ Disaster Medicine
    Special Disaster(Nuclear) Assitance Advisor, Tokyo Fire Department
  • Shunichi Yamashita, M.D., Ph.D.
    Vice President, Fukushima Medical University
    Trustee and Vice President (Fukushima Reconstruction Support), Nagasaki University
    Council Member, Science Council of Japan

Upon the request of the Prime Minister's Office and whenever needed, the Nuclear Disaster Expert Group advises on the issues concerning the nuclear power plant crisis, providing their expertise as external specialists in radiation medicine, radiological protection and science. The main issues handled by the group include the following:

  • Ensuring the safety of people who are forced to take shelter, evacuate or relocate.
  • Long term medical care and health management of the affected people.
  • Other general issues related to the health effects of radiation.

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