FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

194of fact should be a touchstone, through which citizens of the world might empathize with the unique history of Japan: a World War II target of two atomic bombs, a Cold War recipient of radioactive fallout that contaminated the food supply, and the most recent nation to deal with a nuclear power plant meltdown.ACKNOWLEDGMENTSBackground radiation data at Fukushima Medical University came from Professor Tsuneo Kobayashi, Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences (Physics) at Fukushima Medical University. Professor Kobayashi is one among many in Fukushima who make factual data about our current nuclear crisis freely available to scholars and to the general public. Various members of FMU's academic community, and residents of the Hourai neighborhood of Fukushima City, continue to inconvenience themselves for the American among them (just as the US Embassy predicted). Personal narratives and photographs related to life and work in post-3.11 Fukushima have been posted at www.cbbstoday.org, courtesy of Eileen Selogie and the California Blood Bank Society. Melissa Abrams composed an elegant synopsis of these narratives for Mayo Alumni Magazine, Fall 2011 edition, available at www.mayo.edu/alumni/publications.html.REFERENCES1. Moore B, ed. The Australian Oxford Dictionary. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Australia, 1538 pp, 2004.2. Halpern J, ed. The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary. New ed. Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1008 pp, 2001.3. Koh M, ed. Kenkyusha's New Japanese-English Dictionary, 5th ed. Kenkyusha, Tokyo, CD version for Casio EX-word electronic dictionaries, 2005.4. Ohto H. Brief biography. Transfus Apheresis Sci, 44 : 271, 2011.5. Gorlin JB. Transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease and component manufacture. In : Blajchman MA, Cid J, Lozano M, eds. Blood Component Preparation : From Benchtop to Bedside. AABB Press, Bethesda, Maryland, 209-230, 2011.6. Yasuda H, Ohto H, Abe R. Mechanism of transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease. Fukushima J Med Sci, 39 : 69-76, 1993.7. Fujioka C, Krolicki K. Fukushima long ranked Japan's most hazardous nuclear plant. Reuters News Service, July 27, 2011. Accessed August 11, 2011 at http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/26/idUSL3E7IE3Z920110726 and http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/11/07/JapanNuclearRadiation.pdf.8. Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Great East Japan Earthquake and the seismic damage to the NPSs. Published online June 19, 2011. Accessed September 3, 2011 at www.meti.go.jp/english/earthquake/nuclear/pdf/110619_1530_factsheet.pdf.9. US Department of Energy, Nevada Operations Office. United States nuclear tests July 1945 through September 1992. DOE/NV 209-Rev 15 ed. US Department of Commerce, National Technology Information Service, Springfield, VA, 162 pp, 2000. Accessed September 3, 2011 at www.nv.doe.gov/library/publications/historical/DOENV_209_REV15.pdf.10. Simon SL, Bouville A, Land CE. Fallout from nuclear weapons tests and cancer risks. American Scientist, 94 : 48-57, 2006.11. National Cancer Institute. Estimated exposures and thyroid doses received by the American people from iodine-131 in fallout following Nevada atmospheric nuclear bomb tests. 1997. Accessed September 3, 2011 at www.cancer.gov/i131/fallout/contents. html.12. Meek M. Compensating life downwind of Nevada. In : National Geographic Magazine─ Online Extra, National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, November, 2002. Accessed August 9, 2011 at http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0211/feature1/online_extra. html13. Ogawa I. Fallout and rice contamination in Japan. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 14 : 35-38, 1958. Accessed August 10, 2011 at http://books.google.com/books?id=dQkAAAAAMBAJ.American Hibakusha