Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Tomoko M. Nakanishi
    Pages 1-10 Open Access
  3. Keisuke Nemoto, Jun Abe
    Pages 19-27 Open Access
  4. Naoto Nihei
    Pages 73-85 Open Access
  5. Shugo Watabe, Hideki Ushio, Daisuke Ikeda
    Pages 97-103 Open Access
  6. Toyoji Kaneko, Fumiya Furukawa, Soichi Watanabe
    Pages 105-118 Open Access
  7. Nobuhito Ohte, Masashi Murakami, Takahiro Suzuki, Kohei Iseda, Keitaro Tanoi, Nobuyoshi Ishii
    Pages 177-186 Open Access

About this book


Following the Fukushima nuclear accident, a large volume of monitoring data has been collected about the soil, air, dust, and seawater, along with data about an immense number of foods supplied to the market. Little is known, however, about the effect of radioactive fallout on agriculture, information about which is vital. Although more than 80% of the damaged area is related to agriculture, in situ information specifically for agriculture is scarce. This book provides data about the actual movement and accumulation of radioactivity in the ecological system—for example, whether debris deposited on mountains can be a cause of secondary contamination, under what conditions plants accumulate radioactive cesium in their edible parts, and how radioactivity is transferred from hay to milk. Because agriculture is so closely related to nature, many specialists with different areas of expertise must be involved in answering these questions. In the case of rice, researchers in rice cultivation as well as in soil, hydrology, and radioactivity measurement are working together to reveal the paths or accumulation of radioactivity in the field. For this purpose, the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences of The University of Tokyo has diverse facilities available throughout Japan, including farmlands, forests, and meadowlands. Many academic staff members have formed groups to conduct on-site research, with more than 40 volunteers participating. This book presents the data collected from the only project being systematically carried out across Japan after the Fukushima accident.


Agricultural products Effect on agriculture Fukushima nuclear accident Movement of radioactivity Radioactive fallout

Editors and affiliations

  • Tomoko M. Nakanishi
    • 1
  • Keitaro Tanoi
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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