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Preface to the special issue on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident and geochemistry; 10 years after the Fukushima accident

Tanaka, Kazuya; Yamasaki, Shinya*

Chikyu Kagaku, 55(4), p.93 - 95, 2021/12

Ten years have passed since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident. In this special issue, we compiled review papers on the environmental behavior of the FDNPP-derived radionuclides from various research fields. This special issue shows that various research fields contributed to better understandings on the environmental behavior of the FDNPP-derived radionuclides.

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Dynamics of radiocaesium within forests in Fukushima; Results and analysis of a model inter-comparison

Hashimoto, Shoji*; Tanaka, Taku*; Komatsu, Masabumi*; Gonze, M.-A.*; Sakashita, Wataru*; Kurikami, Hiroshi; Nishina, Kazuya*; Ota, Masakazu; Ohashi, Shinta*; Calmon, P.*; et al.

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 238-239, p.106721_1 - 106721_10, 2021/11

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Environmental Sciences)

This study was aimed at analysing performance of models for radiocesium migration mainly in evergreen coniferous forest in Fukushima, by inter-comparison between models of several research teams. The exercise included two scenarios of countermeasures against the contamination, namely removal of soil surface litter and forest renewal, and a specific konara oak forest scenario in addition to the evergreen forest scenario. All the models reproduced trend of time evolution of radiocesium inventories and concentrations in each of the components in forest such as leaf and organic soil layer. However, the variations between models enlarged in long-term predictions over 50 years after the fallout, meaning continuous field monitoring and model verification/validation is necessary.

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Practical tests of neutron transmission imaging with a superconducting kinetic-inductance sensor

Vu, TheDang; Shishido, Hiroaki*; Aizawa, Kazuya; Kojima, Kenji M*; Koyama, Tomio*; Oikawa, Kenichi; Harada, Masahide; Oku, Takayuki; Soyama, Kazuhiko; Miyajima, Shigeyuki*; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 1006, p.165411_1 - 165411_8, 2021/08

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.03(Instruments & Instrumentation)

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Observation of adsorbed hydrogen species on supported metal catalysts by inelastic neutron scattering

Yoshida, Hisao*; Yamamoto, Akira*; Hosokawa, Saburo*; Yamazoe, Seiji*; Kikkawa, Soichi*; Hara, Kenji*; Nakamura, Mitsutaka; Kamazawa, Kazuya*; Tanaka, Tsunehiro*

Topics in Catalysis, 64(9-12), p.660 - 671, 2021/08

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Chemistry, Applied)

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Early emergency responses of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency against the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Accident in 2011

Okuno, Hiroshi; Sato, Sohei; Kawakami, Takeshi; Yamamoto, Kazuya; Tanaka, Tadao

Journal of Radiation Protection and Research, 46(2), p.66 - 79, 2021/06

The nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS) of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) was a typical one of the disastrous damages that induced evacuation of the residents around the NPS, which was triggered by the hugest earthquake and associated tsunami. This paper summarized early responses of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), especially of its Nuclear Emergency Assistance and Training Center (NEAT) to the off-site emergencies associated with the TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi NPS. The paper addressed activities of emergency preparedness of the NEAT before 2011 in relevant to the TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi NPS, the situation of the NEAT on March 11, 2011, and its early responses to the related off-site emergencies including those caused by the accident at the TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi NPS. The paper also discussed issues associated with complex disasters.

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Effective removal of iodate by coprecipitation with barite; Behavior and mechanism

Tokunaga, Kohei; Takahashi, Yoshio*; Tanaka, Kazuya; Kozai, Naofumi

Chemosphere, 266, p.129104_1 - 129104_10, 2021/03

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:65.97(Environmental Sciences)

Radioactive iodine ($$^{129}$$I) is of great concern owing to its high mobility in the environment and long-term radiotoxicity, but there is a lack of effective techniques for removing iodate (IO$$_{3}$$$$^{-}$$) from aqueous solution. The aim of this study is to develop a new technique for removing radioactive iodate from contaminated solution by using barite (BaSO$$_{4}$$). In the present study, we examined the coprecipitation mechanism of iodate by barite at the molecular level for determining optimum conditions for iodate removal. The results showed that iodate was effectively removed from aqueous solution by coprecipitation, even in the presence of competitive anions in solution. Comparing our method with previous studies, iodate removal efficiency by barite was determined to be about two orders of magnitude greater than that by hydrotalcite-like layered double hydroxide at Cl$$^{-}$$ concentration of 10 mmol L$$^{-1}$$. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis indicated that incorporated iodate was strongly bound in the crystal lattice of barite by substituting the sulfate site in the structure when the iodine concentration was low. The charge compensation problem from the IO$$_{3}$$$$^{-}$$ substitution in SO$$_{4}$$$$^{2-}$$ site is achieved by the substitution of Na$$^{+}$$-IO$$_{3}$$$$^{-}$$ pairs at the nearest Ba$$^{2+}$$ site. Therefore, considering high removal efficiency and strong binding of iodate in barite, coprecipitation with barite is a promising material for removing radioactive iodate from various aqueous solutions contaminated with iodate.

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Speciation of cesium in tree tissues and its implication for uptake and translocation of radiocesium in tree bodies

Tanaka, Kazuya; Kanasashi, Tsutomu*; Takenaka, Chisato*; Takahashi, Yoshio*

Science of the Total Environment, 755(Part 2), p.142598_1 - 142598_8, 2021/02

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:83.41(Environmental Sciences)

In this study, we investigated coordination structures of Cs in $$^{133}$$Cs-doped bark, sapwood, heartwood, needle, and branch samples of trees collected in Fukushima by extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. We examined four representative tree species in Fukushima, ${it Cryptomeria japonica}$, ${it Pinus densiflora}$, ${it Quercus serrata}$, and ${it Eleutherococcus sciadophylloides}$. EXAFS spectra suggested that Cs was adsorbed as an outer-sphere complex on all parts of the four species, with electrostatic binding to negatively charged functional groups in components of tree tissues. These results were supported by extraction experiments where most of the sorbed Cs was desorbed from all parts of each tree species using 1 M CH$$_{3}$$COONH$$_{4}$$.

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Identification of hydrogen species on Pt/Al$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$ by ${it in situ}$ inelastic neutron scattering and their reactivity with ethylene

Yamazoe, Seiji*; Yamamoto, Akira*; Hosokawa, Saburo*; Fukuda, Ryoichi*; Hara, Kenji*; Nakamura, Mitsutaka; Kamazawa, Kazuya*; Tsukuda, Tatsuya*; Yoshida, Hisao*; Tanaka, Tsunehiro*

Catalysis Science & Technology, 11(1), p.116 - 123, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:81.22(Chemistry, Physical)

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Preferential elimination of Ba$$^{2+}$$ through irreversible biogenic manganese oxide sequestration

Tani, Yukinori*; Kakinuma, Satomi*; Chang, J.*; Tanaka, Kazuya; Miyata, Naoyuki*

Minerals (Internet), 11(1), p.53_1 - 53_14, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.03(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

In this study, we examined the Ba$$^{2+}$$ sequestration potential of enzymatically active biogenic Mn oxides (BMOs) with and without exogenous Mn$$^{2+}$$. The BMOs readily oxidized exogenous Mn$$^{2+}$$ to produce another BMO phase, and subsequently sequestered Ba$$^{2+}$$ at a pH of 7.0, with irreversible Ba$$^{2+}$$ sequestration as the dominant pathway. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses demonstrated alteration from turbostratic to tightly stacked birnessite through possible Ba$$^{2+}$$ incorporation into the interlayer.

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Homogeneity of neutron transmission imaging over a large sensitive area with a four-channel superconducting detector

Vu, TheDang; Shishido, Hiroaki*; Kojima, Kenji M*; Koyama, Tomio*; Oikawa, Kenichi; Harada, Masahide; Miyajima, Shigeyuki*; Oku, Takayuki; Soyama, Kazuhiko; Aizawa, Kazuya; et al.

Superconductor Science and Technology, 34(1), p.015010_1 - 015010_10, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:72.02(Physics, Applied)

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A Fluorous phosphate for the effective extraction of Ln$$^{III}$$ from nitrate media; Comparison with a conventional organic phosphate

Ueda, Yuki; Kikuchi, Kei*; Tokunaga, Kohei; Sugita, Tsuyoshi; Aoyagi, Noboru; Tanaka, Kazuya; Okamura, Hiroyuki

Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, 39(5-6), p.491 - 511, 2021/00

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

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Journal Articles

Saccharide-mediated transformation of Ce during the formation of manganese (hydr)oxide

Deng, G.*; Ma, T.*; Tanaka, Kazuya; Onuki, Toshihiko*; Qiu, X.*; Yu, Q.*

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 286, p.143 - 158, 2020/10

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

In this study, Ce(III) adsorption on Mn(IV) oxide was investigated in the presence of dextran, one of polysaccharides. As a result, Ce(IV) on Mn(IV) oxide was solubilized by the complexation with dextran.

JAEA Reports

Registration and related activities of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency for the response and assistance network of the International Atomic Energy Agency

Togawa, Orihiko; Hayakawa, Tsuyoshi; Tanaka, Tadao; Yamamoto, Kazuya; Okuno, Hiroshi

JAEA-Review 2020-017, 36 Pages, 2020/09


In 2010, the government of Japan joined the Response and Assistance Network (RANET) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in order to contribute to offering international assistance in the case of a nuclear accident or radiological emergency. At that occasion, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) was registered as the National Assistance Capability (NAC) having resources capable of the External Based Support (EBS) in the following seven areas: (1) aerial survey, (2) radiation monitoring, (3) environmental measurements, (4) assessment and advice, (5) internal dose assessment, (6) bioassay and (7) dose reconstruction. After the registration, three inquiries were directed to the JAEA about a possibility of its support. However, the JAEA's assistance has not eventually been realized. On the other hand, the JAEA participated almost every year in the international Convention Exercise (ConvEx) carried out by the IAEA in connection with RANET. This report describes an outline of the RANET and related activities of the JAEA for RANET registration and participation in the ConvEx.

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Pyroelectric power generation from the waste heat of automotive exhaust gas

Kim, J.*; Yamanaka, Satoru*; Murayama, Ichiro*; Kato, Takanori*; Sakamoto, Tomokazu*; Kawasaki, Takuro; Fukuda, Tatsuo; Sekino, Toru*; Nakayama, Tadachika*; Takeda, Masatoshi*; et al.

Sustainable Energy & Fuels (Internet), 4(3), p.1143 - 1149, 2020/03

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:51.8(Chemistry, Physical)

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Sequestration and oxidation of Cr(III) by fungal Mn oxides with Mn(II) oxidizing activity

Suzuki, Ryohei*; Tani, Yukinori*; Naito, Hirotaka*; Miyata, Naoyuki*; Tanaka, Kazuya

Catalysts, 10(1), p.44_1 - 44_15, 2020/01

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:42.88(Chemistry, Physical)

We prepared biogenic Mn oxides (BMOs) using ${it Acremonium strictum}$ strain KR21-2, and subsequently conducted single or repeated treatment experiments in Cr(NO$$_{3}$$)$$_{3}$$ at pH6.0. Under aerobic conditions, newly formed BMOs exhibited a rapid production of Cr(VI) without a significant release of Mn(II), demonstrating that newly formed BMO mediates a catalytic oxidation of Cr(III) with a self-regeneration step of reduced Mn. In anaerobic solution, newly formed BMOs showed a cessation of Cr(III) oxidation in the early stage of the reaction, and subsequently had a much smaller Cr(VI) production with significant release of reduced Mn(II).

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Adsorption mechanism of ReO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$ on Ni-Zn layered hydroxide salt and its application to removal of ReO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$ as a surrogate of TcO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$

Tanaka, Kazuya; Kozai, Naofumi; Yamasaki, Shinya*; Onuki, Toshihiko; Kaplan, D. I.*; Grambow, B.

Applied Clay Science, 182, p.105282_1 - 105282_8, 2019/12

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:57.36(Chemistry, Physical)

In this study, Ni-Zn layered hydroxide salt (LHS) was used for adsorption experiments of ReO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$, as a surrogate of TcO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$, in aqueous solutions with various initial Re and sodium salt concentrations. The maximum adsorption amount of Re was estimated at 127.7 mg/g (6.86 $$times$$ 10$$^{-4}$$ eq/g) by fitting adsorption isotherm of ReO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$ to Langmuir plot. The adsorption of ReO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$ at neutral pH was a reversible process by anion exchange, and decreased with increasing Cl$$^{-}$$, NO$$_{3}$$$$^{-}$$ and SO$$_{4}$$$$^{2-}$$ in solution. EXAFS analysis indicated that ReO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$ was adsorbed as an outer-sphere complex on Ni-Zn LHS. The Ni-Zn LHS is a more robust adsorbent for ReO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$ than the Mg-Al LDH in terms of solution pH and tolerance to competing anions, and may be an effective alternative to the traditional and more limited method of removing aqueous TcO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$ by reductive precipitation.

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Reduction behaviors of permanganate by microbial cells and concomitant accumulation of divalent cations of Mg$$^{2+}$$, Zn$$^{2}$$+, and Co$$^{2+}$$

Kato, Tomoaki*; Yu, Q.*; Tanaka, Kazuya; Kozai, Naofumi; Saito, Takumi*; Onuki, Toshihiko

Journal of Environmental Sciences, 86, p.78 - 86, 2019/12

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Environmental Sciences)

This paper investigated the fate of the dissolved permanganate in aqueous solution after contact with bacterial cells and metal accumulation during precipitation of Mn oxides. When Mn(VII) was contacted with bacterial cells, cells were damaged and Mn(VII) was reduced by cells to lower valence and precipitated as Mn oxides (biomass Mn oxides). When Co$$^{2+}$$ ions were present, Co was incorporated into Mn oxides as Co$$^{3+}$$. These results suggest that Mn(VII) can be used to remove metal ions when introduced to wastewater as disinfectant.

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Study on coordination structure of Re adsorbed on Mg-Al layered double hydroxide using X-ray absorption fine structure

Tanaka, Kazuya; Kozai, Naofumi; Onuki, Toshihiko; Grambow, B.

Journal of Porous Materials, 26(2), p.505 - 511, 2019/04

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:50.98(Chemistry, Applied)

In this study, we utilized X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy to clarify the coordination structure of Re in Mg-Al LDH as a surrogate of Tc. Adsorption experiments of ReO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$ on calcined and uncalcined Mg-Al LDHs were conducted in aqueous solutions with different concentrations of NaCl, NaNO$$_{3}$$, and Na$$_{2}$$SO$$_{4}$$. Calcined Mg-Al LDH showed much higher adsorption than uncalcined one. The adsorption of ReO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$ was reversible, and decreased with increasing concentration of competing anions like Cl$$^{-}$$, NO$$_{3}$$$$^{-}$$, or SO$$_{4}$$$$^{2-}$$. Analysis of Re L$$_{III}$$-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure indicated that ReO$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$ was adsorbed as an outer-sphere complex on Mg-Al LDH. The observed Re adsorption-desorption behavior, which was sensitive to the presence of competing anions, was consistent with the formation of outer sphere-complex.

Journal Articles

Application of M$$_{V}$$-edge XANES to determination of U oxidation state in zircon

Tanaka, Kazuya; Takahashi, Yoshio*

Geochemical Journal, 53(5), p.329 - 331, 2019/00

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

We examined three natural zircon samples with different amounts of radiation doses using M$$_{V}$$-edge and L$$_{III}$$-edge U X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES). Analysis of XANES spectra at both M$$_{V}$$-edge and L$$_{III}$$-edge suggested that the oxidation state of U in the zircon sample with the highest radiation dose is tetravalent. The XANES spectra of the two other samples with lower radiation doses suggested a mixture of U(IV) and U(VI), while the possibility of U(V) was not excluded. This is the first work on the application of M$$_{V}$$-edge U XANES to the oxidation state of U in natural zircon.

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Preliminary evaluation of local structure and speciation of lanthanoids in aqueous solution, iron hydroxide, manganese dioxide, and calcite using the L$$_{3}$$-Edge X-ray absorption near edge structure spectra

Ota, Atsuyuki*; Tanaka, Kazuya; Tsuno, Hiroshi*

Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 122(41), p.8152 - 8161, 2018/10

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:5.88(Chemistry, Physical)

We investigated the application of L$$_{3}$$-edge XANES spectra to the local structural analysis of lanthanoids in aqueous solution, iron hydroxide, manganese dioxide, and calcium carbonate. For each lanthanoid, the full width at half maximum (FWHM) values of lanthanoid compounds roughly decreased with increasing coordination numbers. However, they did not strictly reflect the local coordination sphere of the lanthanoid complex, but were rather sensitive to their chemical forms. The relationship between the magnitude of the FWHM values was determined by the crystal field splitting or degeneracy of 5d orbitals. The systematic variation of FWHM can be explained by the ligand strength of the ligand molecules (-H$$_{2}$$O$$^{0}$$, -O$$^{-}$$, -OH$$^{-}$$, -CO$$_{3}$$$$^{2-}$$, -Cl$$^{-}$$, and -O$$^{2-}$$) that cause the crystal field splitting. Therefore, the FWHM values of L$$_{3}$$-edge XANES of lanthanoid compounds may be more useful in speciation analysis rather than structural analysis such as EXAFS.

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