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Trust—what Connects Science to Daily Life

Ando, Ryoko1

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000945

Seven years have passed since the Tokyo Electric Power Company Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster in March 2011. The actions taken by the Japanese government, such as issuing evacuation orders and setting decontamination and food safety standards, created huge confusion in society that led to a breakdown of trust. The residents of Suetsugi, a small village located about 30 km south of the plant, sought to understand and overcome the effects of radiation by measuring contamination and personal dose, etc. In my work through Ethos in Fukushima (a nonprofit organization in Iwaki, Fukushima), I learned that trust—not just measuring radiation or acquiring more scientific knowledge—has been the critical factor for them to regain a sense of order in their lives. The level of radiation has decreased since 2011; however, the community still struggles with rebuilding the community.

1Iwaki City, Fukushima, Japan.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

For correspondence contact: Ryoko Ando, Ethos in Fukushima, Fukushima, Japan, or email at

(Manuscript accepted 2 July 2018)

Ryoko Ando was born in 1976 and grew up in Hiroshima, Japan. She studied comparative culture at Tsukuba University and is a professional Japanese gardener. Currently she is the representative of Ethos in Fukushima.

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