Monitoring free-living Japanese Bush Warblers (Cettia diphone) in a most highly radiocontaminated area of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

J Radiat Res. 2015 Dec;56 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):i24-28. doi: 10.1093/jrr/rrv087.


The Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (F1NPP) accident is an IAEA level 7 event, the same as that of Chernobyl, while the amount of radionuclides released is not comparable. Radioactivity attributed to the F1NPP accident was detected 250 km away from the F1NPP. Although we have not yet systematically studied the effect of radionuclides on the environment and wildlife, one of three Japanese Bush Warblers (Cettia diphone), captured in Akaugi district in August 2011, was observed to have a conspicuous lesion near the cloaca, which is rare in Japan. All of the birds' feathers were strongly contaminated. Further study is needed to determine the significance of this result. We emphasize the importance of continuing assessment of the effects of the F1NPP accident on wildlife.

Keywords: Abukuma highland; Bush Warbler; contingence; ecology; microhabitat radiation heterogeneity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Birds*
  • Cloaca / pathology
  • Cloaca / radiation effects
  • Fukushima Nuclear Accident*
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radioactive Pollutants / toxicity


  • Radioactive Pollutants