[Current status on storage, processing and risk communication of medical radioactive waste in Japan].

Hiroshi Watanabe, Ichiro Yamaguchi, Tetsuo Kida, Hitoshi Hiraki, Toshioh Fujibuchi, Yoshiaki Maehara, Atsuko Tsukamoto, Mitsue Koizumi, Yumi Kimura, Genki Horitsugi

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Decay-in-storage for radioactive waste including that of nuclear medicine has not been implemented in Japan. Therefore, all medical radioactive waste is collected and stored at the Japan Radioisotope Association Takizawa laboratory, even if the radioactivity has already decayed out. To clarify the current situation between Takizawa village and Takizawa laboratory, we investigated the radiation management status and risk communication activities at the laboratory via a questionnaire and site visiting survey in June 2010. Takizawa laboratory continues to maintain an interactive relationship with local residents. As a result, Takizawa village permitted the acceptance of new medical radioactive waste containing Sr-89 and Y-90. However, the village did not accept any non-medical radioactive waste such as waste from research laboratories. To implement decay-in-storage in Japan, it is important to obtain agreement with all stakeholders. We must continue to exert sincere efforts to acquire the trust of all stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-283
Number of pages6
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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