FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

283chap.VConveying to PosterityFUKUSHIMA: Lives on the LineBearing a Historic Mission and Global Responsibilitythis regard, I think that our university is in the middle of achieving this by operating on the frontlines of medicine.Looking Forward with YouthGround Zero for Medical ProfessionalsKikuchi: Currently, we are all of age, but if we were youths entering the university, given the present conditions, what type of medical professionals would we want to become? In essence, this is a question about our dreams. Considering the nuclear accident and looking back on times when we were young, what type of doctors would we have wanted to become during this turning point of civilization?Yamashita: Hey, I’m still young! (laughs). If I had entered this university in my youth or adolescence and fostered my dreams under these conditions, I might have been a little concerned about whether I would be okay. Moreover, if I were starting with nothing and aiming toward medicine, I might have been worried about whether I could devote my life to the sick. If I were just thinking about myself, I would have been captivated by material objects. But such people gradually lose touch with new things or objects in reach. So if I could return to when I was about 20 years old, I would like to return to an adolescence that was always zero-sum, a zen-like spiritual state of nothingness. This way, I would naturally see things that I should be seeing and could live in a state without conscious thought, which are the perks of adolescence.“Selfless work” is the goal of those who want to become medical professionals and should be shared by all youths. Some may say that they are young and innocent, but I believe these youths have great potential for change. So if I were entering FMU now, I would look for role models or older persons to show me the ways of a medical professional. There are many people who serve as good examples, but this also includes learning from bad ones. When I came to Fukushima, I found many people with the same spirit as the Aizu warriors. They deal with situations while preparing for the worst. I would like to find such mature people to serve as examples, or work hard so that I myself can become an example.Kamiya: Looking back on my academic years, I did a lot of things I really regret when I entered college (laughs). The study of medicine was always on my mind; however, the job of a physician is to examine people. Thus, one must take society and the burdens that the patient is carrying into consideration. It is a profession that comes in contact with society and people more than the so-called “natural sciences.” But there is very little attention paid to establishing this connection and relating to and looking at society. So, I hope that students who come here aim at studying and specializing not only in medicine but also in broad academic fields, such as social sciences, history, and even philosophy that questions the very definition of a human being. I think they will realize their place as medical professionals. At the same time, medicine is an ever-evolving world that requires a high level of scientific skill. Thus, I hope that students constantly refine their expertise in scientific and medical skills.Passing Down the Spirit of “Here and Now”Kikuchi: This multi-faceted, socially adept image of a physician that we are asking for greatly differs from those we and the people of Fukushima have had up until now.I think that today’s conversation has once again verified the historic mission that FMU now has.Finally, I would like to reiterate our mission that, over the next few decades, we who carry this historic mission should work for the people of Fukushima and the world. Yamashita: If you think about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, you will realize that the problem that all events and memories fade with the passage of time. But the ardent spirit of our ancestors should never be allowed to do so. I think it is important to think about how we are going to pass down the thoughts, feelings, and experiences ten, twenty years down the line. Moreover, what specific knowledge should be documented to convey the spirit of Fukushima to future generations? I’ve theorized a lot about psychology today, but to realize all of this we need to also have a theory about skills. This theory concerns the educational curriculum; however, you cannot have vigorous education solely based on the curriculum. So this is also about the type of education that needed to secure human characteristics, a depth of humanity that Dr. Kamiya talked about, and improvements in personalities.This year, Nagasaki University’s School of