FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

chap.IFukushima Medical University Girds for BattleFUKUSHIMA: Lives on the Line67Fukushima is My Home— You took many of the photographs that now appear in this book. What was your motivation?Dr. Nollet: I received a midnight email from Dr. Jed Gorlin, a transfusion medicine specialist in Minnesota: “You OK? Record everything! Perfect opportunity to write a national response to a transfusion emergency.” Since then, on every trip back to the United States, I’ve been invited to speak about Japan’s disaster response. Professor Ohto, I, and other FMU authors have also published articles about 3.11 in academic journals.— But you stayed in Fukushima the whole time your embassy told Americans to evacuate. Why?Dr. Nollet: Governments around the world urged their citizens to leave. In general, this was good advice, because resources were extremely limited in Fukushima. Anyone with nothing useful to do could be a burden.— It seems that you did have things to do. One picture in this book shows you speaking in front of the university-wide disaster response group. What was your role in that group, and what were you discussing?Dr. Nollet: Those meetings, first three per day, then two per day, then once a day, had representatives from every university department, including others from Transfusion Medicine and Transplantation Immunology. I was an at-large participant, to record and report FMU’s activities to the world and to report back what international media were saying, and what international colleagues were asking.Kenneth E. Nollet, MD, PhD is Associate Professor and Deputy Chair under Professor and Chair Hitoshi Ohto, MD, PhD in FMU’s Department of Blood Transfusion and Transplantation Immunology (Prof. Ohto is also Dean of the Medical School). Ms. Hanae Takahashi of FMU’s Planning Department interviewed Dr. Nollet in October, 2012.