FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

248On March 11, an unprecedented natural disaster hit the Tohoku and Kanto regions. This disaster was accompanied by a catastrophic accident at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, where our university is based.Modern science now faces the challenge of the nuclear accident, putting the people of Japan, and of course those of Fukushima, to the test.Fukushima Medical University occupies a focal point for medical science and treatment within the prefecture. Our affiliation with the university as a staff member, student, or in any other capacity at the time of the disaster is a card that life has dealt us. Today, complaining that we were dealt a bad card is meaningless.It was our destiny.Our university is now responsible for a new historical objective. Fulfilling this responsibility does not merely involve cooperation to overcome the crisis; we are also responsible for documenting the accident in its entirety and conveying this record to future generations. I am aware of the sheer size of the challenges and expectations that we face to achieve this task.The manner in which the staff and other affiliates of the university have worked until now is truly commendable. I am deeply grateful for my destiny, which is to be here Statement of InstructionsWhen the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Struck