Japan

The IMGA Local Chapter in Japan was established in 2010

Contact:
Chapter Leader Prof Hisashi Nirei nireihisashi@msn.com, 1277-1,Kamauchiya, Motoyahagi, Ka-tori City, Chiba Pref. 287-0025, Japan, and Secretary Kunio Furuno kuniofurunojp@gmail.com

2012

The Japan Chapter is very active and has 12 members. These are a mixture of environmental geoscientists and chemists. The Chapter organises the very successful Annual Symposium for Geo-pollution Science, Medical Geology and Urban Geology and publishes the Journal on Geo-pollution Science, Medical Geology and Urban
Geology. Prof. Hisashi and his colleagues are also very involved in radioactivity assessments following the Tohoku earthquake in March last year. They have been surveying radioactive geopollution and the behaviour of radioactive dust material from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant No.1. The IMGA Committee sends its sym-pathy and support to the Japan IMGA Chapter following the terrible earthquake and continuing environmental problems in Japan and very much appreciates the work that the IMGA Local Chapter is doing in very difficult circumstances.

Meetings
Meeting of the officers of the Japan Chapter (Chair: Hisashi Nirei and Secretary: Kunio Furuno) are held every month to discuss the activity of the branch.
Cooperation
The Japan Chapter closely cooperates with the following organizations:
 Japan branch of IUGS-GEM (International Union of Geological Science ) (Commission on Geo-Science for Environmental Management). http://www.iugs-gem.org/# Commission on Geo-science for Environmental Management: GEM
 Working Group of Manmade strata and Geopollution of IUGS-GEM. http://manmade.iugs-gem.org/
 Japanese Society of Geo-pollution Science, Medical Geology and Urban Geology Association
http://www.jspmug.org/index.html
 The Geological Society of Japan (Specialized group of Environmental geology).
http://www.geosociety.jp/pecialized
Presentations and Papers
Most of the members of the Japan Chapter had oral and poster presentations in the following conferences. The presentations may not focus on health and medicine directly but are related to them from a view point of the environment.
 The 21st Symposium on Geo-Environments and Geo-Technics, January 24 and 25, 2012
Almost of the all members of the Japan Chapter had presentations. The proceedings of the Symposium and Geo-Technics Abstracts (English and Japanese) are available from the website:
http://www.jspmug.org/envgeo_sympo/21st_sympo/21th_sympo_abst.pdf
 IUGS-GEM meeting at Brisbane, Australia
Hisashi Nirei presentation: Two Super Plumes of Radioactive Geopollution due to melt down of the Reactor of Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant.

 IGC34 Brisbane, Australia
Session 4-4 Medical Geology. Hisashi Nirei; Two Super Plumes of Radioactive Geopollution due to melt down of the Reactor of Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant (invited)
Session 4-5 Geopollution, dust and manmade strata
Hisashi Nirei; Classification of man made strata for assessment of geopollution (Key note speech)
Members also presented in this and other sessions.
 119th Annual meeting of the Japan Geological Society at Osalka, September 15-17 2012
Many members presented in this session: http://www.geosociety.jp/osaka/content0001.html


The new IMGA office in Japan

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The Japanese chapter has its own international journal:

Geopollution, Medical Geology and Urban Geology.
A Japanese journal published by the Japanese chapter of IMGA

2011

The Japan Chapter is very active and has 12 members, a mixture of environmental geoscientists and chemists. The Chapter organises the very successful Annual Symposium for Geo-pollution Science, Medical Geology and Urban Geology and publishes the Journal on Geo-pollution Science, Medical Geology and Urban Geol-ogy. The Chapter has also held approximately 15 informal meetings for study of the book "Essentials of the Medical Geology”. Prof. Hisashi and his colleagues are also very involved in radioactivity assessments follow-ing the Tohoku earthquake in March this year. The IMGA Committee sends its sympathy and support to the Japan IMGA Chapter following the terrible earthquake and continuing environmental problems in Japan this year and very much appreciates the work that the IMGA Local Chapter is doing in very difficult circum-stances.