FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

284Medicine celebrates its 155th year since its founding, when the Dutch naval physician Pompe arrived in Nagasaki at the age of 27. The physician created an entire medical school by himself, teaching Ryojun Matsumoto and 12 other pupils in Dutch. Pompe once said, “Physicians must understand well their callings. Once having chosen the profession, physicians are no longer their own selves, but are here to serve the sickly. If they are not fond of this arrangement, they should choose another profession.” This shows the spirit of western medicine to start new schools, the spirit that illustrates that the medical profession is not merely a profession, but always requires the spirit of service.Going forward, I believe that fostering know-how that will allow this type of spirit to take root in Fukushima will be an issue. We must first detach from ourselves to pass on to the future. As the planted seed grows, it loses its original form, but it can bear flowers and fruits in abundance. To continue this type of training of professionals here, the most important thing and our responsibility is to have an education system based on us planting seeds and providing water and nutrients necessary for growth.Kamiya: Continuation, as you say, is key. Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been recounting their experiences for a long time. Although it may have faded to a certain extent, the victims’ thoughts with the atomic bombings at the core are recounted till date.Thus, we cannot simply forget the damage or the immense misfortune that people faced during this disaster. We must not forget the views of people who risked their lives to work toward recovery from the damage; rather we must recount their stories. Our university has the historic mission of protecting the long-term health of the people of Fukushima, and we are certainly fulfilling that role. I think this honest, steady continuation represents the mighty spirit of FMU.Kikuchi: March 11 of last year marked the time when FMU was given a new, historic mission to protect the health of the people of Fukushima and Japan and share with the world its findings. If this is the hand that life has dealt us, we can only give it our best efforts, given each rising situation. This is the path that connects our university with the restoration of Fukushima Prefecture.Faculty and students must work in unison to fulfill our mission so that, in later years, our reputation within and outside Japan will be as “Fukushima: Hope in the Midst of Adversity.”Fukushima: Hope in the Midst of Adversity