Creating a Future of Fukushima Together

Recovery from disasters is often fraught with difficulties. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that there is no shared understanding of what kind of recovery is being sought and what kind of future people want to create. We believe that the most important thing for a sustainable recovery is for everyone involved to feel that it is their own recovery and that they are creating their own future. The nuclear disaster also requires a unique, long-term response to radiation.

We aim to be a platform for dialogue for the recovery of Fukushima so that no one is left behind and everyone is involved in creating the future of Fukushima.

Achievements to date

The Fukushima Dialogue has been held on an ongoing basis since the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, taking up themes that have become issues in the recovery of Fukushima at that time. Immediately after the accident, we discussed food safety and childcare; when the evacuation orders were lifted, we discussed the challenges of living in the evacuation zone; more recently, we discussed the discharge of treated water into the sea and what the younger generation thinks about the recovery process.

By creating a fair and transparent forum where not only local residents, but also experts from home and abroad, government officials, and people from various groups and organizations could come together and share their situations, the Fukushima Dialogue served as a lubricant to help participants gain new relationships and ideas and as a springboard to take the next step. The results were widely disseminated outside the country through international participants and were highly appreciated.

History Of The NPO

Since November 2011

In November 2011 the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) organized a meeting in the premises of the Fukushima Prefecture with the title: ʻDialogue on the rehabilitation of living conditions after the Fukushima accidentʼ to make it clear that the issue at stake was the well-being of the inhabitants of Fukushima Prefecture, and not only their fight against radiation.

Given its success, the Dialogue went on during the following years with the support of the Ethos in Fukushima (EIF) group of volunteers. In July 2012 ICRP was invited in the Suetsugi community close to the nuclear power plant at the request of EIF. This was the beginning of a long cooperation between the community and ICRP. 11 other Dialogues were organized by the Commission in different municipalities of the Prefecture between 2011 and 2015.

Since 2016

From 2016 a group of local volunteers took over the organization with the support of ICPR of the following 8 dialogue meetings until 2018, and in July 2019 they created the non-profit organization (NPO) Fukushima Dialogue.

Since 2020

From 2020, the Dialogue meetings are completely in the hands of the NPO which has since organized 4 Dialogue meetings despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the NPO is continuing with the Suetsugi community the cooperation initiated by EIF and followed by ICRP until 2019.

What is at stake?

As time has passed since the accident at Fukushima, the challenges of recovery have become more complex, while at the same time, there are significant differences in recovery situations between regions and individuals, which are difficult to share. Cooperation between the government and other relevant parties and between residents and the passing on of post-accident experiences are also limited. There are challenges in information sharing in general, which is a prerequisite for decision-making, and this has created a sense of stagnation despite the progress of the recovery process.

In order to improve the current situation, the NPO develops the following specific activities in accordance with the NPO’s objective:

  • Advice and consultation on the practical radiological protection culture* and the co-expertise process**
  • Dialogue meetings that take place once a year in the fall on a theme of general interest suggested by local stakeholders
  • Local initiatives in partnership with NPOs working in the field of recovery
  • National and international dissemination of information on the situation in Fukushima through academic articles or the media.
  • Participation in national and international projects
  • Exchanges with partner organizations abroad

The methodological approach of the NPO

The Fukushima Dialogue is based on proven methodological approaches developed in Belarus in the 90s and 2000s as part of the rehabilitation of living conditions in the territories contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear accident:

The Co-Expertise Process

The Co-Expertise Process combining transparent science with the local human aspect of post-nuclear disaster recovery through cooperation and dialogue between experts and stakeholders allowing to develop ‘practical radiological protection culture’ i.e. a way of living in the affected area where radiation remains, grounded in reality.

Dialogue methodology

The method developed in France in the 1980s to discuss issues relating to social conflicts between stakeholders. It allows for fair dialogue, ensuring respect for the diversity of participants' points of view and the transparency of their debates.

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Both approaches help to empower affected local people and the general public to make informed decisions about their protection and their future.

Board of directors (2023-2024)

Ms. Ryoko Ando Ethos in Fukushima
Mr. Kanno Genkatsu NPO Yamakiya Okigaru Net
Ms. Yumiko Kanai Yamakiya Volunteer group
Mr. Shinya Endo Suetsugi, Our Homeland
Mr. Takahiro Hanzawa Former Date City Hall
Pr Jacques Lochard Emeritus Member of ICRP
Internal Auditor
Mr. Eiji Hiraoka Tohoku University (Part-time)
Mr. Shoji Nishida Former Mayor of Date

The Fukushima Dialogue NPO is managed by a Board of Directors of 6 members and 2 auditors. The execution of the activities is entrusted to a Core Group under the responsibility of the Chairman of the Board. The activities are presented to an Advisory Committee which issues recommendations on their orientations


They come from the contributions of its active members and benefactors, from the resources resulting from its activities, credits or subsidies granted by the State, the Prefecture, the Municipalities and public or private organizations, as well as any other resources authorized by law.

Advisory Committee

In order to exchange opinions on its activities and to obtain advice, an Advisory Committee has been set up composed of national and international members:

Beyond its advisory role, the Committee establishes and maintains liaison with national and international organizations that share the operating principles of the NPO and are interested in the activities of the NPO. It also contributes to the monitoring of projects developed jointly with other national and international organizations.

Thierry Schneider (CEPN, France)
  • Pippa Feinstein (Canada)
  • Jean-Christophe Gariel (IRSN, France)
  • Aya Goto (FMU, Japan)
  • Yasumasa Igarashi (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
  • Yves Lheureux (ANCCLI, France)
  • Shunji Matsuoka (Waseda University, Japan)
  • Anne Nibet (NHS, UK)

Recruiting regular members
and supporting members

Applications for supporting members and donations (one-time or monthly) are available on the crowd-funded website Syncable.


“You can subscribe as a regular member, supporting member,
or make donations (one-time or monthly plans) using the crowdfunding site Syncable.”

NPO membership

Active member
with vote right
Annual fee 12,000JPY admission fee 10,000JPY
Active member
without vote right
Annual fee 12,000JPY admission fee  1,000JPY
Annual fee 0JPY admission fee 1,000JPY
Supporting member
(legal person) (A)
Annual fee 120,000JPY
Supporting member
(legal person) (B)
Annual fee  60,000JPY

By becoming a member of the NPO you will be informed by e-mail of the dates and programs of the activities.

Active members are natural persons whose application has been accepted by the Board of Directors. They take part with deliberative voice in the General Assemblies of the Association and are eligible for the Board of Directors.

Supporting members are legal persons whose application has been accepted by the Board of Directors. They participate in General Assemblies in an advisory capacity and are not eligible for the Board of Directors.

The amount of contributions is set by the General Assembly. All contributions are due for the current calendar year, regardless of the date of admission.

The NPO is looking for members who can support its operations.