FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

3its safety 100% guaranteed simply does not exist. Finally, our information sharing systems were in complete chaos.As for lessons for future generations, first we must rebuild hospitals that can withstand disaster, the cost of which should be shared by all citizens. Second, it is time that we, as a nation, stopped and thought about the type of leaders we need to have. We need leaders who, in the face of events beyond all rationality, do not falter, stand their ground, and stick to their guns. Those at the top must give clear messages to their subordinates and related parties. Third, we must accelerate the creation of support systems for those who provide the support. Fourth, we must review our emergency systems of information dissemination and how we should be united as citizens. Finally, it is important to express gratitude to those providing support. This inspires them. What adversely affected the evacuation zones and areas was anonymous name-calling and mudslinging. The criticisms that victims had toward support staff were particularly deplorable. Such anonymous slanders in times of emergency are irresponsible and cowardly. Emergencies require each of us to act in a way that reflects the resolve necessary to shoulder our responsibilities.Our struggle with this nuclear disaster, which nobody has ever experienced, has just started. We must carry into the future this historic mission entrusted to our school. It must be carried out for the people of Fukushima, the people of Japan, and all of mankind. We are prepared for both the importance of the completion of this mission and its difficulty. Finally, on behalf of my school, I must express deep gratitude to all those who have provided moral and material support over the past year, from within Japan and abroad.Shin-ichi KikuchiPresident, Fukushima Medical UniversitySource: Practice of Pain Management 2012 6 Vol. 3 No. 2.