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Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

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  • Provides a quick grasp of the extent of the Fukushima accident’s effect on agriculture

  • Details the movement of radioactivity during a one-and-a-half-year period

  • All data are original, collected in situ

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. The Overview of Our Research

    • Tomoko M. Nakanishi
    Pages 1-10Open Access
  3. Radiocesium Absorption by Rice in Paddy Field Ecosystems

    • Keisuke Nemoto, Jun Abe
    Pages 19-27Open Access
  4. Radioactivity in Agricultural Products in Fukushima

    • Naoto Nihei
    Pages 73-85Open Access
  5. Radiocesium Contamination of Marine Fish Muscle and Its Effective Elimination

    • Shugo Watabe, Hideki Ushio, Daisuke Ikeda
    Pages 97-103Open Access
  6. Excretion of Cesium Through Potassium Transport Pathway in the Gills of a Marine Teleost

    • Toyoji Kaneko, Fumiya Furukawa, Soichi Watanabe
    Pages 105-118Open Access
  7. Diffusion and Transportation Dynamics of 137Cs Deposited on the Forested Area in Fukushima After the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident in March 2011

    • Nobuhito Ohte, Masashi Murakami, Takahiro Suzuki, Kohei Iseda, Keitaro Tanoi, Nobuyoshi Ishii
    Pages 177-186Open 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
  • marine and freshwater sciences

Editors and Affiliations

  • Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

    Tomoko M. Nakanishi, Keitaro Tanoi

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Agricultural Implications of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

  • Editors: Tomoko M. Nakanishi, Keitaro Tanoi

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Tokyo

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2013

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-4-431-54327-5Published: 28 March 2013

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-4-431-56133-0Published: 23 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-4-431-54328-2Published: 15 March 2013

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 204

  • Number of Illustrations: 27 b/w illustrations, 69 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Environmental Monitoring, Agriculture, Food Science, Plant Ecology, Animal Migration, Water

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)