Fukushima Prefecture has achieved a remarkable recovery after the nuclear accident in 2011, thanks to extensive clean-up. Negative perception, however, still persists across Japan and the world, causing economic and psychological damages. Rising up to this challenge, a group of local high-school students teamed up with Professor Ryugo Hayano at the University of Tokyo in 2015 to collect their own radiation data using a new portable sensor, called D Shuttle. Their results – featured on Forbes – have shown that the radiation level in Fukushima is not at all higher than other places in the world.
These students are pioneering an approach to tackle environmental disasters; new technologies and democratizing data can empower communities and support socioeconomic recovery.