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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Japan helping with war on terror

Courtesy of Japan Times Online in conjunction with Kyodo News

A U.S. antinuclear terrorism laboratory has received data from Japanese specialists who researched Japanese atomic bomb survivors and victims of U.S. nuclear testing in the 1950s.

The main purpose of the Cytogenetics Biodosimetry Laboratory, established last year in Oak Ridge, Tenn., is to help determine the amount of radiation that potential victims would be exposed to from terrorists' nuclear weapons or radioactive "dirty bombs" so physicians can formulate treatment plans.

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The collaboration between U.S. and Japanese scientists reflects the new reality of the age of nuclear terrorism. But A-bomb survivors may have mixed feelings about the new scientific approach, which is based on past accomplishments of Japan's Radiation Effects Research Foundation and its predecessor, which have been criticized by many survivors for allegedly prioritizing research rather than treating them.

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The National Institute of Radiological Sciences has studied the radiation effects caused by the U.S. hydrogen bombs tested at Bikini atoll in 1954, in which 23 Japanese fishermen were exposed to heavy radiation.

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With the increased focus on nuclear terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Agency decided to re-establish civilian cytogenetic capabilities by constructing an improved laboratory.

 

For the complete article, please go to Japan Times Online:

Japanese helping U.S. on nuclear terrorism, A-bomb data to aid medical response

1 comment:

Rosemary said...

Great work! How are you? We've been pretty, eh? :)