The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


村上道夫/Michio Murakami


Michio Murakami

Last updated : November 29, 2023

Center for Infectious Disease Education and Research (CiDER), Osaka University

Areas of Expertise
  • Risk science
  • sanitary engineering
  • urban engineering

Doctor of Engineering. Specializes in risk science and sanitary engineering. Obtained his PhD from the Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo. Has been a post-doctoral research fellow at the Japan Science and Technology Agency (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology); post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Tokyo; specially appointed assistant professor and specially appointed associate professor (lecturer) for the Wisdom of Water (Suntory) corporate sponsored research program of the Organization for Interdisciplinary Research Projects, University of Tokyo; specially appointed associate professor (lecturer) at the Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo; and associate professor at the Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine. Now works as a specially appointed professor (full time) at the Center for Infectious Disease Education and Research, Osaka University.

Research Program
Future Vision for Sustainable Water Management

Select Publications

  1. Michio Murakami and Shuhei Nomura, “Annual prevalence of non-communicable diseases and identification of vulnerable populations following the Fukushima disaster and COVID-19 pandemic,” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 84, 103471, 2023, doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2022.103471.
  2. Masaaki Kitajima, Michio Murakami, Syun-suke Kadoya, Hiroki Ando, Tomohiro Kuroita, Hiroyuki Katayama, and Seiya Imoto, “Association of SARS-CoV-2 load in wastewater with reported COVID-19 cases in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Village from July to September 2021,” JAMA Network Open, 5(8), e2226822, 2022, doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.26822 (research letter).
  3. Michio Murakami, Tsukasa Fujita, Pinqi Li, Seiya Imoto, and Tetsuo Yasutaka, “Development of a COVID-19 risk assessment model for participants at outdoor music festivals: Evaluation of the validity and control measure effectiveness based on two actual events in Japan and Spain,” PeerJ, 10, e13846, 2022, doi: 10.7717/peerj.13846.
  4. Michio Murakami, Yoshitake Takebayashi, Kyoko Ono, and Masaharu Tsubokura, “Risk trade-off analysis of returning home and radiation exposure after a nuclear disaster using a happy life expectancy indicator,” Journal of Radiation Research, 62(S1), pp.i101-i106, 2021, doi: 10.1093/jrr/rraa109.
  5. Michio Murakami, Fuminari Miura, Masaaki Kitajima, Kenkichi Fujii, Tetsuo Yasutaka, Yuichi Iwasaki, Kyoko Ono, Yuzo Shimazu, Sumire Sorano, Tomoaki Okuda, Akihiko Ozaki, Kotoe Katayama, Yoshitaka Nishikawa, Yurie Kobashi, Toyoaki Sawano, Toshiki Abe, Masaya M. Saito, Masaharu Tsubokura, Wataru Naito, and Seiya Imoto, “COVID-19 risk assessment at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” Microbial Risk Analysis, 19, 100162, 2021, doi: 10.1016/j.mran.2021.100162.
  6. Michio Murakami and Masaharu Tsubokura, “Deepening community-aligned science in response to wavering trust in science,” The Lancet, 397(10278), 969-970, 2021, doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00358-5 (correspondence).
  7. Michio Murakami, Yoshitake Takebayashi, Mayumi Harigane, Rie Mizuki, Yuriko Suzuki, Tetsuya Ohira, Masaharu Maeda, and Seiji Yasumura, “Analysis of direction of association between radiation risk perception and relocation using a random-intercept and cross lagged panel model: The Fukushima Health Management Survey,” SSM - Population Health, 12, 100706, 2020, doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100706.
  8. Kaori Honda, Yasumasa Igarashi, and Michio Murakami, “The structuralization of risk communication work and objectives in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster,” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 50, 101899, 2020, doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101899.
  9. Michio Murakami, Akihiko Hata, Ryo Honda, and Toru Watanabe, “Letter to the Editor: Wastewater-based epidemiology can overcome representativeness and stigma issues related to COVID-19,” Environmental Science & Technology, 54(9), 5311, 2020, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.0c02172.
  10. Tomoyuki Kobayashi, Yoshitake Takebayashi, and Michio Murakami, “Disaster research: Feedback to society,” Nature, 579(7798), 193, 2020 (correspondence).
  11. Michio Murakami, Yoshitake Takebayashi, Kyoko Ono, Aya Kubota, and Masaharu Tsubokura, “The decision to return home and wellbeing after the Fukushima disaster,” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 47, 101538, 2020, doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101538.
  12. Michio Murakami, Atsushi Kumagai, Aleksandr N. Stojarov, and Masaharu Tsubokura, “Radiation is not a political tool,” Science, 366(6465), pp. 581–82, 2019, doi: 10.1126/science.aaz3408 (Letter).
  13. Michio Murakami, Masaharu Tsubokura, Kyoko Ono, and Masaharu Maeda, “New ‘loss of happy life expectancy’ indicator and its use in risk comparison after Fukushima disaster,” Science of the Total Environment, 615, 1527–34, 2018.
  14. Michio Murakami, Masaharu Tsubokura, Kyoko Ono, Shuhei Nomura, and Tomoyoshi Oikawa, “Additional risk of diabetes exceeds the increased risk of cancer caused by radiation exposure after the Fukushima disaster,” PLOS ONE, 12(9): e0185259, 2017.
  15. Michio Murakami, Akiko Sato, Shiro Matsui, Aya Goto, Atsushi Kumagai, Masaharu Tsubokura, Makiko Orita, Noboru Takamura, Yujiro Kuroda, and Sae Ochi, “Communicating with residents about risks following the Fukushima nuclear accident,” Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 29(2S), 74S–89S, 2017 (review).
  16. Michio Murakami, Kyoko Ono, Masaharu Tsubokura, Shuhei Nomura, Tomoyoshi Oikawa, Tosihiro Oka, Masahiro Kami, and Taikan Oki, “Was the risk from nursing-home evacuation after the Fukushima accident higher than the radiation risk?” PLOS ONE, 10(9): e0137906, 2015.
  17. Michio Murakami and Taikan Oki, “Estimated Dietary Intake of Radionuclides and Health Risks for the Citizens of Fukushima City, Tokyo, and Osaka after the 2011 Nuclear Accident,” PLOS ONE, 9(11), e112791, 2014.

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