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A Case-Study of the Effects of Teaching Radiation Risk Communication to Local Government Officials

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  • Norikane Kazuya
    Department of Nursing Science, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Health Sciences, 66-1 Honcho, Hirosaki, Aomori 036-8564, Japan
  • Yamada Motoya
    Department of Nursing Science, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Health Sciences, 66-1 Honcho, Hirosaki, Aomori 036-8564, Japan
  • Kidachi Ruriko
    Department of Nursing Science, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Health Sciences, 66-1 Honcho, Hirosaki, Aomori 036-8564, Japan
  • Tsushima Megumi
    Department of Radiation Science, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Health Sciences
  • Takeo Teruko
    Department of Bioscience and Laboratory Medicine, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Health Sciences
  • Tanaka Makoto
    Department of Comprehensive Rehabilitaion Science, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Health Sciences
  • Kawazoe Ikuo
    Department of Nursing Science, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Health Sciences, 66-1 Honcho, Hirosaki, Aomori 036-8564, Japan

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Abstract

<p>The purpose of this case-study is to consider the effect of radiation risk communication educational programs. This program was developed to conduct research in an interactive format by incorporating exercises and group work. The program used a three-part series, with one session of 110 minutes per month. The subject was local government officials (n = 9), and an anonymous questionnaire was conducted before and after the lesson, and focused on participantsʼ perceptions of radiation and the tools utilized in information gathering. As a result, after implementing this program for the target audience, their image of radiation changed in four categories. This is thought to indicate that participants started with a somewhat negative evaluation of radiation, which then might have changed to a more neutral evaluation following the program. In terms of the tools that can be used to collect information about radiation, there was increased such as the Internet, SNS, TV, radio, and newspapers, it was inferred that they might have helped develop an increased awareness of information related to radiation. Based on the data, the practices used in this educational program might be an effective means of organizing education in the field of radiation risk communication.</p>

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