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Leading anti-nuclear power researcher announces retirement via The Mainichi

Tetsuji Imanaka, the only remaining member of the “Kumatori 6” — a group of researchers at the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute whose work has focused upon the dangers of nuclear power — will retire at the end of March, although he will continue studying such matters as radioactive contamination due to the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster.

Imanaka, 65, an assistant professor with the institute — which is located in the town of Kumatori, Osaka Prefecture — is a leading authority on the 1986 nuclear power disaster in Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union. He will deliver a retirement lecture on related matters on Feb. 10 in conjunction with an independent course begun by his research group, which is titled the “Seminar on the safety-related problems of nuclear power.”

The “Kumatori 6” is a study group that was initiated by six anti-nuclear researchers, who included Hiroaki Koide and Keiji Kobayashi in addition to Imanaka. Their nuclear safety-related seminars have been made available to members of the general public.

Imanaka, who became the research group’s final working member following Koide’s retirement last year in March, is originally from the city of Hiroshima. He lost his grandmother to the atomic bombing, and his mother was also herself a hibakusha.

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