Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Manabu Fukumoto
    Pages 1-13 Open Access
  3. The Environmental Pollution Caused by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) Accident

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Takami Morita, Daisuke Ambe, Shizuho Miki, Hideki Kaeriyama, Yuya Shigenobu
      Pages 31-41 Open Access
    3. Sota Tanaka, Tarô Adati, Tomoyuki Takahashi, Sentaro Takahashi
      Pages 43-52 Open Access
    4. Kazuma Koarai, Yasushi Kino, Toshitaka Oka, Atsushi Takahashi, Toshihiko Suzuki, Yoshinaka Shimizu et al.
      Pages 53-62 Open Access
  4. Radiation Exposure and Its Effects on Wild Organisms After the FNPP Accident

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Muhammad Fitri Bin Yusof, Gyo Kawada, Masahiro Enomoto, Atsushi Tomiya, Masato Watanabe, Daigo Morishita et al.
      Pages 89-98 Open Access
    3. Yoshito Watanabe
      Pages 99-109 Open Access
  5. Radiation Exposure and Its Effects on Livestock After the FNPP Accident

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Yasuyuki Abe, Hideaki Yamashiro, Yasushi Kino, Toshinori Oikawa, Masatoshi Suzuki, Yusuke Urushihara et al.
      Pages 113-123 Open Access
    3. Banri Suzuki, Shigefumi Tanaka, Kohichi Nishikawa, Chikako Yoshida, Takahisa Yamada, Yasuyuki Abe et al.
      Pages 125-138 Open Access
    4. Motoko Morimoto, Ayaka Kato, Jin Kobayashi, Kei Okuda, Yoshikazu Kuwahara, Yasushi Kino et al.
      Pages 139-151 Open Access
  6. Dose Evaluation in Association with the FNPP Accident

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Satoru Endo, Kenichi Ishii, Masatoshi Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Kajimoto, Kenichi Tanaka, Manabu Fukumoto
      Pages 179-191 Open Access
  7. New Perspectives Raised After the FNPP Accident

  8. Overview of the FNPP Accident

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 261-264

About this book


This open access book summarizes the latest scientific findings regarding the biological effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) accident in 2011.

Various cases of changes in animals and organisms have been reported since the FNPP accident. However, it is often unknown whether they are actually due to radiation, since the dose or dose-rate are not necessarily associated with the changes observed.

This book brings together the works of radiation biologists and ecologists to provide reliable radioecology data and gives insight into future radioprotection. The book examines the environmental pollution and radiation exposure, and contains valuable data from abandoned livestock in the ex-evacuation zone and from wild animals including invertebrates and vertebrates, aqueous and terrestrial animals, and plants that are subjected to long-term exposure in the area still affected by radiation. It also analyzes dose evaluation, and offers new perspectives gained from the accident, as well as an overview for future studies to promote radioprotection of humans and the ecosystem.

Since the biological impact of radiation is influenced by various factors, it is difficult to scientifically define the effects of low-dose/low-dose-rate radiation. However, the detailed research data presented can be combined with the latest scientific and technological advances, such as artificial intelligence, to provide new insights in the future.

This book is a unique and valuable resource for researchers, professionals and anyone interested in the impact of exposure to radiation or contamination with radioactive materials.


Low-dose radiation effect Radiation effect on animals Radiation effect on humans The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident Nuclear disaster Nuclear accident FNPP Radioactivity Radioactive contamination Radioactive cesium Dose evaluation Thyroid gland Chernobyl Long-term exposure to radiation Ecosystem low dose/low dose-rate radiation long-term sustained exposure Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Manabu Fukumoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, Specially Appointed Professor, School of MedicineTokyo Medical UniversityTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-8217-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-8218-5
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