Fukushima University will open a research center to study the environmental effects of the nuclear crisis that started last year. The center will study the long-term effects on the natural environment of radioactive substances released by the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
It will start full-scale research activities early next year if things go smoothly.
The research center will be supported by such Japanese institutions as Hiroshima University, Nagasaki University, University of Tsukubam, in Ibaraki Prefecture, and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences.
In addition, the research center will cooperate with overseas institutions, including a state university in Belarus that studies the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, Takayuki Takahashi, vice president of Fukushima University, said at a press conference.
“Environmental radiation research will be a long battle,” Takahashi said.
The new research center will have a staff of some 30, including around 20 hired overseas through open recruitment. The center will study the long-term movements of radioactive substances, the processes by which animals take in radioactive substances through the food chain, and measures for environmental regeneration.