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Comprehensive exposure assessments from the viewpoint of health in a unique high natural background radiation area, Mamuju, Indonesia

Nugraha, E. D.*; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Kusdiana*; Untara*; Mellawati, J.*; Nurokhim*; Tamakuma, Yuki*; Ikram, A.*; Syaifudin, M.*; Yamada, Ryohei; et al.

Scientific Reports (Internet), 11(1), p.14578_1 - 14578_16, 2021/07

 Times Cited Count:17 Percentile:85.19(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Mamuju is one of the regions in Indonesia which retains natural conditions but has relatively high exposure to natural radiation. The goals of the present study were to characterize exposure of the entire Mamuju region as a high natural background radiation area (HNBRA) and to assess the existing exposure as a means for radiation protection of the public and the environment. A cross-sectional study method was used with cluster sampling areas by measuring all parameters that contribute to external and internal radiation exposures. It was determined that Mamuju was a unique HNBRA with the annual effective dose between 17 and 115 mSv, with an average of 32 mSv. The lifetime cumulative dose calculation suggested that Mamuju residents could receive as much as 2.2 Sv on average which is much higher than the average dose of atomic bomb survivors for which risks of cancer and non-cancer diseases are demonstrated. The study results are new scientific data allowing better understanding of health effects related to chronic low-dose-rate radiation exposure and they can be used as the main input in a future epidemiology study.

Journal Articles

Discriminative measurement of absorbed dose rates in air from natural and artificial radionuclides in Namie Town, Fukushima Prefecture

Ogura, Koya*; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Tamakuma, Yuki*; Suzuki, Takahito*; Yamada, Ryohei; Negemi, Ryoju*; Tsujiguchi, Takakiyo*; Yamaguchi, Masaru*; Shiroma, Yoshitaka*; Iwaoka, Kazuki*; et al.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(3), p.978_1 - 978_16, 2021/02

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:44.29(Environmental Sciences)

Journal Articles

A Unique high natural background radiation area; Dose assessment and perspectives

Hosoda, Masahiro*; Nugraha, E. D.*; Akata, Naofumi*; Yamada, Ryohei; Tamakuma, Yuki*; Sasaki, Michiya*; Kelleher, K.*; Yoshinaga, Shinji*; Suzuki, Takahito*; Rattanapongs, C. P.*; et al.

Science of the Total Environment, 750, p.142346_1 - 142346_11, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:20 Percentile:86.58(Environmental Sciences)

The biological effects of low dose-rate radiation exposures on humans remains unknown. In fact, the Japanese nation still struggles with this issue after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Recently, we have found a unique area in Indonesia where naturally high radiation levels are present, resulting in chronic low dose-rate radiation exposures. We aimed to estimate the comprehensive dose due to internal and external exposures at the particularly high natural radiation area, and to discuss the enhancement mechanism of radon. A car-borne survey was conducted to estimate the external doses from terrestrial radiation. Indoor radon measurements were made in 47 dwellings over three to five months, covering the two typical seasons, to estimate the internal doses. Atmospheric radon gases were simultaneously collected at several heights to evaluate the vertical distribution. The absorbed dose rates in air in the study area vary widely between 50 nGy h$$^{-1}$$ and 1109 nGy h$$^{-1}$$. Indoor radon concentrations ranged from 124 Bq m$$^{-3}$$ to 1015 Bq m$$^{-3}$$. That is, the indoor radon concentrations measured exceed the reference levels of 100 Bq m$$^{-3}$$ recommended by the World Health Organization. Furthermore, the outdoor radon concentrations measured were comparable to the high indoor radon concentrations. The annual effective dose due to external and internal exposures in the study area was estimated to be 27 mSv using the median values. It was found that many residents are receiving radiation exposure from natural radionuclides over the dose limit for occupational exposure to radiation workers. This enhanced outdoor radon concentration might be as a result of the stable atmospheric conditions generated at an exceptionally low altitude. Our findings suggest that this area provides a unique opportunity to conduct an epidemiological study related to health effects due to chronic low dose-rate radiation exposure.

Journal Articles

Japanese population dose from natural radiation

Omori, Yasutaka*; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Takahashi, Fumiaki; Sanada, Tetsuya*; Hirao, Shigekazu*; Ono, Koji*; Furukawa, Masahide*

Journal of Radiological Protection, 40(3), p.R99 - R140, 2020/09

 Times Cited Count:18 Percentile:74.06(Environmental Sciences)

UNSCEAR and the Nuclear Safety Research Association report the annual effective doses from cosmic rays, terrestrial radiation, inhalation and ingestion from natural sources. In this study, radiation doses from natural radiation sources in Japan were reviewed with the latest knowledge and data. Total annual effective dose from cosmic-ray exposure can be evaluated as 0.29 mSv. The annual effective dose from external exposure to terrestrial radiation for Japanese population can be evaluated as 0.33 mSv using the data of nationwide survey by the National Institute of Radiological Sciences. The Japan Chemical Analysis Center (JCAC) performed the nationwide radon survey using a unified method for radon measurements in indoor, outdoor and workplace. The annual effective dose for radon inhalation was estimated using a current dose conversion factor, and the values were estimated to be 0.50 mSv. The annual effective dose from thoron was reported as 0.09 mSv by UNSCEAR and then the annual effective dose from inhalation can be described as 0.59 mSv. According to the report of large scale survey of foodstuff by JCAC, the effective dose from main radionuclides due to dietary intake can be evaluated to be 0.99 mSv. Finally, Japanese population dose from natural radiation can be assessed as 2.2 mSv which is near to the world average value of 2.4 mSv.

Journal Articles

Cesium concentrations in various environmental media at Namie, Fukushima

Heged$"u$s, M.*; Shiroma, Yoshitaka*; Iwaoka, Kazuki*; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Suzuki, Takahito*; Tamakuma, Yuki*; Yamada, Ryohei; Tsujiguchi, Takakiyo*; Yamaguchi, Masaru*; Ogura, Koya*; et al.

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 323(1), p.197 - 204, 2020/01

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:33.57(Chemistry, Analytical)

The radioactivity of cesium in the water and sediments of two major rivers was measured along with airborne radioactivity in Namie Town, after the recent partial lift on the evacuation order in 2017. The observed concentrations were up to 384 $$pm$$ 11 mBq/L for $$^{137}$$Cs in unfiltered water and 1.28 $$pm$$ 0.09 mBq/m$$^{3}$$ for $$^{137}$$Cs in air, while the sediment had a maximum of 44900 $$pm$$ 23.4 Bq/kg for $$^{137}$$Cs. The $$^{134}$$Cs/$$^{137}$$Cs ratios indicate the main origin of the cesium in the sediment to be Unit 1 in good agreement with previous reports on the accident.

Journal Articles

Comparative study on performance of various environmental radiation monitors

Tamakuma, Yuki*; Yamada, Ryohei; Suzuki, Takahito*; Kuroki, Tomohiro*; Saga, Rikiya*; Mizuno, Hiroyuki*; Sasaki, Hiroyuki*; Iwaoka, Kazuki*; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Tokonami, Shinji*

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 184(3-4), p.307 - 310, 2019/10

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:11.88(Environmental Sciences)

After the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, the radiation dose for first responders was not evaluated accurately due to lack of the monitoring data. It has been important to evaluate a radiation dose for workers in emergency response at a nuclear accident. In this study, a new device which can evaluate both of external and internal exposure doses was developed and the performance of various environmental radiation monitors including commercially available monitors were tested and compared from the viewpoint of an environmental monitoring at emergency situation. Background counts of the monitors and the ambient dose equivalent rate were measured in Fukushima Prefecture. The detection limit for beta particles was evaluated by the method of ISO11929. The sensitivity for gamma-rays of the dust monitor using a ZnS(Ag) and a plastic scintillator was high, but that of the external exposure monitor using a silicon photodiode with CsI(Tl) crystal was relatively low. The detection limit ranged 190-280 Bq m$$^{-3}$$ at 100 $$mu$$Sv h$$^{-1}$$, exceeding the detection limit of 100 Bq m$$^{-3}$$ in the minimum requirement by the National Regulation Authority in Japan. Use of the shielding with lead is necessary to achieve the minimum requirement. These results indicate that the dust monitor using a ZnS(Ag) scintillator and a plastic scintillator is suitable for the external exposure monitor and the developed internal exposure monitor is for the internal exposure monitor at emergency situation among the evaluated monitors. In the future study, the counting efficiency, the relative uncertainty and the performance of the detection for alpha particles will be evaluated, and it will be considered which type of a monitor is suitable after taking the portability into account.

Journal Articles

A Portable radioactive plume monitor using a silicon photodiode

Tamakuma, Yuki*; Yamada, Ryohei; Iwaoka, Kazuki*; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Kuroki, Tomohiro*; Mizuno, Hiroyuki*; Yamada, Koji*; Furukawa, Masahide*; Tokonami, Shinji*

Perspectives in Science (Internet), 12, p.100414_1 - 100414_4, 2019/09

In this study, a portable radioactive plume monitor using a silicon photodiode was developed for the detection of a radioactive plume (e.g. $$^{131}$$I, $$^{134}$$Cs and $$^{137}$$Cs) in an emergency situation. It was found that the background count rate was proportional to ambient dose equivalent rate and the detection limit for the monitor at 20 $$mu$$Sv h$$^{-1}$$ as an ambient dose equivalent rate was evaluated to be 187 Bq m$$^{-3}$$ using the ISO11929 method. These results suggest that the detection limit for the system can be decreased effectively by lead shielding with optimized thickness.

Journal Articles

Enhancement of element production by incomplete fusion reaction with weakly bound deuteron

Wang, H.*; Otsu, Hideaki*; Chiga, Nobuyuki*; Kawase, Shoichiro*; Takeuchi, Satoshi*; Sumikama, Toshiyuki*; Koyama, Shumpei*; Sakurai, Hiroyoshi*; Watanabe, Yukinobu*; Nakayama, Shinsuke; et al.

Communications Physics (Internet), 2(1), p.78_1 - 78_6, 2019/07

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:54.31(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

Searching for effective pathways for the production of proton- and neutron-rich isotopes through an optimal combination of reaction mechanism and energy is one of the main driving forces behind experimental and theoretical nuclear reaction studies as well as for practical applications in nuclear transmutation of radioactive waste. We report on a study on incomplete fusion induced by deuteron, which contains one proton and one neutron with a weak binding energy and is easily broken up. This reaction study was achieved by measuring directly the cross sections for both proton and deuteron for $$^{107}$$Pd at 50 MeV/u via inverse kinematics technique. The results provide direct experimental evidence for the onset of a cross-section enhancement at high energy, indicating the potential of incomplete fusion induced by loosely-bound nuclei for creating proton-rich isotopes and nuclear transmutation of radioactive waste.

Journal Articles

Evaluation of a surface collection efficiency and a stability of flow rate for the commercially available filters used for ambient radioactive aerosols

Tamakuma, Yuki*; Yamada, Ryohei; Iwaoka, Kazuki*; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Tokonami, Shinji*

Hoken Butsuri (Internet), 54(1), p.5 - 12, 2019/03

Airborne radioactivity measurements are necessary to know the contamination level and internal doses for residents after a nuclear accident. In addition, measurements of radon progenies in air, which are the risk factor of lung cancer, are also important to evaluate lung dose. In these measurements, a filter sampling is used to collect radioactive aerosols. However, it is well known that results of the measurement using a filter are strongly dependent on characteristics of the used filter. Selection of a suitable filter is important to achieve the high-resolution and long-term measurement. "Surface collection efficiency (SCE)" and "stability of air flow rate" were examined for six types of filter that are commercially available in Japan. In Japan, cellulose-glass fiber filter paper (HE-40T) is used for an environmental monitoring in Japan. In this study, it was found that the SCE of HE-40T was lower than that of mixed cellulose ester type membrane filter by Merck Millipore (DAWP02500). Attenuation ratio of flow rate for DAWP02500 was evaluated to be 2.9% which was lowest in six filters. The results suggest that the DAWP02500 is the most suitable for collecting radioactive aerosols for a long term.

Journal Articles

Study of chemical etching conditions for alpha-particle detection and visualization using solid state nuclear track detectors

Yamada, Ryohei; Odagiri, Taiki*; Iwaoka, Kazuki*; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Tokonami, Shinji*

Radiation Environment and Medicine, 8(1), p.21 - 25, 2019/02

We evaluate radon/thoron and its progeny concentration using passive-type monitors using CR-39 plates. After exposure, it is necessary to do chemical etching for CR-39 plates. In the present study, we considered shortening of chemical etching time for CR-39 and enlargement of the track diameter (i.e. etch pit diameter) aiming for introduction of automatic counting system in the future. Optimum conditions were determined by changing solution concentration, solution temperature and etching time. As a result, the optimized conditions (concentration, temperature and etching time) were determined to be 8 M NaOH solution, 75 degrees Celsius and 10 hours. This result of etching time showed that the chemical etching was completed in less than half of conventional etching time. Furthermore, it was suggested that shorter etching time would be possible if we do not consider the enlargement of conventional track diameter.

Journal Articles

Study of influence factors on hydraulic conductivity of sedimentary rocks

Sakai, Ryutaro; Munakata, Masahiro; Kimura, Hideo; Ooka, Masao*; Kameya, Hiroshi*; Hosoda, Koichi*

Dai-21-Kai Zenkoku Chishitsu Chosagyo Kyokai Rengokai "Gijutsu Foramu" Koenshu (CD-ROM), 2 Pages, 2010/11

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Thoron exhalation rates in areas of Japan

Shimo, Michikuni*; Ishimori, Yuu; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Tokonami, Shinji*

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 141(4), p.473 - 476, 2010/09

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:24.39(Environmental Sciences)

Thoron exhalation rates were measured with a newly made portable instrument at 33 areas in 7 prefectures of Japan. Thoron exhalation rates ranged from 49 to 4890 mBq m$$^{-2}$$ s$$^{-1}$$. Radon exhalation rates were also measured in many of the areas at the same time and ranged from 2.1 to 11 mBq m$$^{-2}$$ s$$^{-1}$$. Thoron exhalation rates showed a rough correlation with radon exhalation rates. Both exhalation rates also showed a rough correlation with geological features.

Journal Articles

Investigation of hetrogeneity in rock fracture by hydraulic anarysis using lattice gas automata

Takebe, Atsuji; Sawada, Atsushi; Uchida, Masahiro; Yamamoto, Asao*; Hosoda, Atsushi*

Doboku Gakkai Dai-60-Kai Nenji Gakujutsu Koenkai Koen Gaiyoshu, p.657 - 658, 2005/09

Focusing on the cover layer materials (as the Radon Barrier Materials), which could have the effect to restrain the radon from scattering into the air and the effect of the radiation shielding, we produced the radon barrier materials with crude bentonite on an experimental basis, using the rotary type comprehensive unit for grinding and mixing, through which we carried out the evaluation of the characteristics thereof.

Journal Articles

11th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association

Kinase, Sakae; Saegusa, Jun; Sagawa, Hiroyuki*; Hosoda, Masahiro*

Hoken Butsuri, 39(4), p.307 - 311, 2004/12

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports


Hosoda, Hiroshi*; Shimoyama, Masahiro*; Nagano, Shuichi*

JNC TJ7420 2005-042, 62 Pages, 2004/03


no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Reinstallation of MP system for MIU-2 and MIU-3

Hosoda, Hiroshi*; Shimoyama, Masahiro*; Takemura, Shogo*

JNC TJ7440 2003-007, 183 Pages, 2003/03


MIU-2 and MIU-3 were drilled in Shobasama site as a part of MIU project to characterize the hydrogeology in the deep underground. MP system had been installed in the both boreholes for long-term monitoring, but the monitoring system in MIU-2 was temporary retrieved from the boreholes to conduct the other test and the monitoring was quitted in MIU-3 because of trouble of the probe. In this project, MP system was reinstalled in MIU-2 and the probe strings of MP system were reinstalled in MIU-3 successfully. From the results, it was possible to start the long-term monitoring in MIU-2 and MIU-3.

JAEA Reports

Investigation of the probability of changing fault activity

Sone, Yoshinori*; Hosoda, Hiroshi*; Miwa, Atsushi*; Shimoyama, Masahiro*

JNC TJ7420 2005-011, 104 Pages, 1999/03

It is important study that to seize development, resumption, pause of fault in the future and probability of changing fault activity. As a result, we will be able to presume the stability of geo-environment. In this paper, we study the inversion tectonics, probability of fault's development, and relationship between distribution of active fault and hypocenter distribution.Regional character of tectonic inversion: in the Northeast Japan, tectonic inversion of normal-reverse fault system (stress of normal-reverse fault type) is mainly developed. In the Southwest Japan, strike-slip inversion (stress of lateral fault type) is mostly developed. Probability of fault's development: With the lapse of time from the period before 2Ma to 2-0.5Ma, the number of fault had increased. With the lapse of time from 2-0.5Ma to 0.5-present time, the number of fault has decreased. This result is opposite from present stress status. It is needful to consider probability of fault's development by investigating the past study.

Oral presentation

The Evaluation of the radon dose of radioactivity in high-level radioactive waste geological disposal facility

Yoshizawa, Yuji*; Kai, Michiaki*; Okoshi, Minoru; Kato, Tomoko; Yamaguchi, Tetsuji; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Hattori, Takatoshi*; Miyazaki, Shinichiro*; Higuchi, Natsuko*; Tokonami, Shinji*; et al.

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Committee on dose assessments of Japanese population

Takahashi, Fumiaki; Ishimori, Yuu; Inagaki, Masayo*; Omori, Yasutaka*; Sanada, Tetsuya*; Sugino, Masato*; Furukawa, Masahide*; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Manabe, Kentaro; Yajima, Kazuaki*; et al.

no journal, , 

The Japan Health Physics Society (JHPS) established a committee on dose assessments of Japanese population in August, 2015. The committee consists of 12 members (researchers and technicians) who are engaged in natural radiation measurements, radiation monitoring, radiation dose assessment and so on. Discussion have been made on dose assessments for daily life exposure in Japan. At the first meeting, stragedy of the committee was discussed and terrestrial radiation, cosmic radiation. Radon and radioactivity in food were defined as the radiological source to be investigated. It was also decided that the committee also would investigate influential factors (e.g., dose assessment model, daily life pattern) on radiation dose assessments. In addition, the committee has a plan to make discussions how JHPS should undertake this issue in future. At the 49th Annual meeting of JHPS, the committee members report their activities and make discussions on radiation dose assessment of Japanese population with the participants to the meeting.

Oral presentation

Dose variation measurement at the high background radiation area in Indonesia

Sasaki, Michiya*; Yamada, Ryohei; Akata, Naofumi*; Tokonami, Shinji*; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Iwaoka, Kazuki*; Chanis, P.*; Kudo, Hiromi*; Sahoo, K.*; Iskandar, D.*; et al.

no journal, , 

Recently, Mamuju city in Sulawesi Island, Indonesia and its surrounding area is known as the high background radiation area, and is regarded as a possible area for an epidemiological study. In this study we have measured the hourly dose rates of individuals and the environment with the D-shuttle dosimeter, which has been developed by the Chiyoda Technol Corporation. With the aid of local residents living at Botteng village, which is located south of Mamuju city, short term and long term measurements were conducted for three days and nine months, respectively. Two volunteers have equipped the D-shuttle for the short term measurement, and seven families supported the short and long term measurements of the environmental dose rate, for both inside and outside the house. From our results, since some variation was observed regarding with day or night, correlation with radon concentration was suggested.

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