Dr. Makoto Akashi
Dr. Makoto Akashi is currently Distinguished Research Fellow of National Institutes of Quantum and Radiological Sciences and Technology (QST) in Chiba, Japan. He served as Executive Officer of QST from 2016 to 2018 and Executive Director of National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) from 2011 to 2015, Director of the Center for Radiation Emergency Medicine from 2008 to 2010 at NIRS.
Dr. Akashi started his medical career as a resident of internal medicine at the Jichi Medical School Hospital, Tochigi, Japan in 1981. He moved to the Division of Hematology/Oncology at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1987 and joined NIRS in 1990. His group performed dose estimation of patients of the Tokai-mura accident in 1999. He was leading the creation of the Radiation Emergency Medical Assistance Team (REMAT) program and is playing a leading role in providing advice and support as an expert regarding radiation emergency medicine for the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) accident.
Dr. Akashi is President of the Japanese Association for Radiation Accident/Disaster Medicine and a member of the Japan Health Physics Society. He was President of the 60th Memorial and Annual Meeting of the Japanese Radiation Research Society.
Dr. Akashi is the recipient of honorary academic doctor by the Hirosaki University in Aomori. He also received distinguished service award as the atomic energy disaster prevention measures service from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of the Japanese government in 2005.
Dr. Akashi has been the representative of Japan to UNSCEAR since its sixty-fourth session in 2017.