Contamination of agricultural products and soils with radiocesium derived from the accident at TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: monitoring, case studies and countermeasures

Noriko Yamaguchi, Ichiro Taniyama, Takeshi Kimura, Kunio Yoshioka, Masanori Saito

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Abstract

Five years have passed since the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station that was triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011. Severe damage to agriculture and the environment is still of great concern in Japanese society. We review the contamination status of agricultural products and soils, decontamination efforts and countermeasures to reduce radiocesium concentration in soil and crops, as well as the responses of Japanese ministries. Since rice is an important staple food for Japanese, the impact of radiocesium on rice (Oryza sativa L.) and paddy fields has been extensively investigated since the accident, and, therefore, issues concerning rice receive considerable attention in this review.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-314
Number of pages12
JournalSoil Science and Plant Nutrition
Volume62
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 3

Keywords

  • Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
  • contamination
  • countermeasure
  • crop
  • radiocesium
  • soil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science

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