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Determinants of the return to hometowns after the accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: a case study for the village of Kawauchi

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Title: Determinants of the return to hometowns after the accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: a case study for the village of Kawauchi
Authors: Orita, Makiko / Hayashida, Naomi / Urata, Hideko / Shinkawa, Tetsuko / Endo, Yuukou / Takamura, Noboru
Issue Date: Sep-2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 156(3), pp.383-385; 2013
Abstract: The Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 destroyed the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) and almost all residents in a 20 km radius from the plant eventually evacuated. FNPP reactors were stabilised in December 2011; some evacuees decided to return to their hometowns, and the other evacuees remained. Efforts were made to identify the determinants that affect the decision to return home in order to promote recovery of the surrounding area of FNPP. Seventyone residents who had not returned to hometown and 56 residents who had returned were selected. Logistic regression analysis adjusted for confounding factors showed that being female [odds ratio (OR): 2.43, p=5 0.03], living in areas with relatively higher ambient doses (OR: 3.60, p=50.01) and expressing anxiety over radiation exposure (OR: 8.91, p < 0.01) were independently associated with decisions not to return. Results of this study suggest the importance of active participation by scientists and local authorities in communicating the risk to the general population involved in returning home.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/34074
ISSN: 01448420
DOI: 10.1093/rpd/nct082
Rights: © The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. / This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Radiation Protection Dosimetry following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 156(3), pp.383-385; 2013 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rpd/nct082
Type: Journal Article
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