FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

132360,000 young people. With support from all parts of the country, we have started weekend screenings at our university hospital and have so far examined approximately 3,000 people. Going forward, we would like to gradually expand the scope of the examinations, with the cooperation of medical institutions inside and outside the prefecture, to put in place a framework for offering the examinations in each geographical region.ConclusionThe above gives a general overview, focusing on the activities of Fukushima Medical University, of one part of the medical response effort amid the radiation contamination with evacuation orders issued in the aftermath of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake. Despite our designation as a secondary emergency facility specialized in emergency radiation medicine, the outstanding nature of the disaster created circumstances in which our entire university was forced into delivering an ad hoc response. We offer our heartfelt gratitude to the university hospital staff, medical and nursing school faculty, research fellows, students, and administrators who rallied in support of efforts that are still ongoing and their support will be further called upon going forward.Finally, our sincere condolences are extended to the individuals who lost their lives in this disaster and we are extremely grateful for the warm signs of support and sympathy that have been sent by everyone inside and outside Japan.Responses to Radioactive Contamination and the Evacuation Order after the Great East Japan Earthquake