JAC President’s Special Award given to Toru Shibasaki for radiation surveys on mountains after 2011 Tohoku quake
Toru Shibasaki, longtime environmental researcher and former Tohoku University visiting professor, was given a special award of the JAC president for his more than three years of survey on the radiation of mountains in the Tohoku region following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, which caused Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster.
Shibasaki began survey of radiation levels on mountains in Miyagi Prefecture in June 2013. In the survey, he measured radiation levels in Ou Mountains, Rikuzen Hills, Abukuma and Kitakami Mountains, as well as mountains in southern Iwate Prefecture. The survey results were reported in the annual JAC publication “Sangaku” (the 110th-year issue).
From September 2015 through April 2016, he surveyed the whole mountain area of Abukuma Mountains, including parts in Ibaraki Prefecture – the mountain areas where the contamination by the nuclear disaster was believed to be the most serious. The survey results were reported in the “Sangaku” 111th-year issue. A total of 592 points in 267 mountains in the region were covered by his radiation survey.
The special award was presented in a ceremony during the annual JAC dinner party in Tokyo in December.