The first “Scientists Advisory Meeting for Radiation Accurate Information” (SAMRAI) was held on March 24th 2015 at the First Diet Member’s Hall of the House of Representatives, Tokyo, Japan.
The theme was “Scientific understanding of low-dose radiation in Fukushima and the issue of rehabilitation in the 20 km zone” was made to 270 legislators, industry leaders, a few members of the news media, Japanese Bureaucrats in charge of radiation regulations, and interested members of the public.
Scientific evidence was presented to show that the widespread belief of there being no safe level of radiation exposure is incorrect.
Rather, a large body of scientific data shows there is a threshold exposure of harm which is many times higher than any possible doses that could be received by Fukushima evacuees if they were allowed to return home.
In addition, the deaths caused by the chaotic evacuation of the 20km radius around Fukushima Daiichi on March 12, 2011 could have been avoided if scientific reasoning had been used to protect the public.
All five speakers agreed that low-dose radiation levels of exposure in Fukushima pose no health risks to the public, thus full repopulation should be allowed as soon as possible. Further delay in repopulation will continue to worsen the existing confusion caused by rumour and misinformation both in Japan and the world at-large.
Seven recommendations were made to the government of Japan, in the interest of supplanting the present state of public misunderstanding with correct scientific knowledge in order to end social confusion.
(1) Inform the public that Fukushima’s population was exposed to low doses of radiation within which there is no health risk to people, both inside and outside Japan,
(2) Facilitate scientific presentations to the public that provide correct radiation information,
(3) Return radiation standards to those guidelines initially proposed by the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan,
(4) Have realistic assessments made on exposures received by returning residents to their homes through the use of personal dosimeters,
(5) Recognize and support active attempts towards the return of the population, including an ongoing project for breeding cattle in Namie Town,
(6) Expedite recovery of infrastructure destroyed by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 inside the 20 km exclusion zone, and
(7) Restart Japanese nuclear plants as soon as possible once the new regulations have been satisfied.
See also ; http://rpic.jp/topics/images/docs_00078_4.pdf