Campaign: Keep the Olympic Games out of radioactive regions

Campaign "Tokyo 2020 - The Radioactive Olympics"

Statement of IPPNW Germany regarding participation in the Olympic Games in Japan
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Dr. Ken Buesseler specializes in the study of natural and man-made radionuclides in the ocean. His work includes studies of fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, assessments of Chernobyl impacts on the Black Sea, and examination of radionuclide contaminants in the Pacific resulting from nuclear testing on the Marshall Islands as well as more recently from the Fukushima nuclear power plants. In 2009 he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union; in 2013 selected as foreign member of the Dutch Academy of Sciences; and in 2018, elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 


Shaun Burnie

Shaun Burnie is Senior Nuclear Specialist. He has worked as a nuclear campaigner and coordinator with Greenpeace since 1991, and has visited and worked in Japan nearly 30 years – including in Fukushima since the mid-1990's.

Dr. Angelika Claußen

Dr. Angelika Claußen Angelika Claußen is a practising physician for psychiatry and psychotherapy in Bielefeld, Germany and President of the European IPPNW. She was also chair of the German IPPNW section from 2005 to 2011. Angelika Claußen has coordinated and represented the work of the German IPPNW on the nuclear phase-out for years. She was co-author of the IPPNW study "5 years living with Fukushima, 30 years living with Chernobyl", (2016) and the IPPNW study "Atomic energy - the fuel for the bomb" (2019). In 2020, she published the viewpoint paper "Uranium is also a feminist issue", Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung (

Juliane Dickel is head of nuclear and energy policy at Friends of the Earth Germany (FoE/ Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland). Coming from Braunschweig (Brunswick), she got early in touch with the nearby nuclear sites Schacht Konrad, Asse 2 and Gorleben and took part inevents with Hibakusha and Liqudators. In Munich, Dickel studied Japanese language and culture, which was erupted by the Fukushima reactor catastrophe. It made her write her master's thesis on the anti-nuclear protests in Japan after March 11, 2011.


Prof. Dr. med. MPH Wolfgang Hoffmann, MPH, is Managing Director of the Institute of Community Medicine and Head of the Department of Health Care Epidemiology and Community Health of the Institute of Community Medicine, University Medical Center Greifswald. He received his master's degree in public health in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina in 1995. His main areas of expertise are interventional studies in health care epidemiology, epidemiological methods and data management. Among other offices and memberships.


Felix Jawinski

Felix Jawinski is a research associate at the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Leipzig and has been working on the issue of nuclear power plant workers in Japan since 2014. Together with Japanese and international scientists, journalists, activists and trade unionists, he is working on an international study on the work of radiation-exposed workers in nuclear facilities (International Comparative Research on Radiation-exposed Workers in Terms of their Actual Work Conditions, Workplace Safety and their Accident Compensation System, 原発労働者の労働安全・補償制度と被曝労働災害の実態に関する国際調査). He is the translator of Inside Fukushima by Suzuki Tomohiko, which powerfully captures the experiences of a worker at Fukushima Daiichi in the summer of 2011.

Timothy Mousseau, PhD, is an internationally renowned expert on the effects of ionizing radiation (IR) on living systems. He was among the first biologists to initiate research at Fukushima in July, 2011. He has published more than 110 scientific papers related to IR effects since 2010 (>220 in total). He is among the most cited radioecologists in the world and has served on National Academy of Science (NAS) panels related to the effects of tritium leaks at nuclear power stations and the analysis of cancer risks in populations near nuclear facilities. Since 2000 Dr. Mousseau has focused his research efforts on the genetic, developmental, physiological, ecological and evolutionary consequences of IR in natural systems from bacteria to man.


Dr. med. Alex Rosen is one of the two co-chairs of IPPNW Germany, where is responsible for the topic of nuclear energy. He is a pediatric specialist and head of the pediatric emergency department of the Berlin University Clinic Charité. In the past ten years, he has closely followed the developments in Fukushima, especially the Fukushima Medical University thyroid-screenings and published numerous critical commentaries on the WHO and UNSCEAR reports, the screening publications and the health effects of the nuclear disaster.


Dr. rer. nat. Dipl.-Math. Hagen Scherb (*1951) studied mathematics in Saarbrücken 1971-1976 and was then a scientific assistant at the Institute of Physiology at Saarland University in 1977. From 1978-2018 Scherb was employed at Helmholtz Zentrum München. He is a member of the International Biometric Society. 1981-1984: PhD in Mathematical Statistics in Saarbrücken. He has published biostatistical studies and expert opinions on chemicals and ionising radiation, as well as in journals and books. He has researched the genetic effects after Chernobyl since 1986, and since 2011 those after Fukushima.


Prof. Dr. Toshihide Tsuda

Prof. Dr. Toshihide Tsuda is an epidemiologist and has taught at Okayama University since 1990. His research focuses on environmental epidemiology and occupational safety. Together with his colleague Yorifuji, he conducts epidemiological studies to improve public health care in Japan, Asia and the world. In the published study "Thyroid Cancer Detection by Ultrasound Among Residents Ages 18 Years and Younger in Fukushima, Japan", he and his colleagues demonstrated an increase in thyroid cancer of up to 50 times the expected rate among children and adolescents in Fukushima Prefecture.


IPPNW Germany/PSR Report

IPPNW report: 30 years Chernobyl, 5 years Fukushima
IPPNW/PSR report: "30 years living with Chernobyl – 5 years living with Fukushima"
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