A team of physicians from Hiroshima visits San Francisco every other year to examine local hibakusha — survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The 18th Medical Team, consisting of physicians specializing in radiation effects from Hiroshima, Japan is in San Francisco this weekend to conduct the 18th biennial medical examinations of Americans of Japanese and Korean ancestry who survived the atomic bombings during World War II.
This year marks the 34th anniversary since the Hiroshima Medical Prefectural Association has participated in these missions. Since 1977, the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association has sponsored official biennial medical missions for the benefit of American survivors living in the United States.
Participating Japanese medical team members for the San Francisco examinations are: Jitsuro Yanagida, MD, (Team Leader), Member of Board of Directors, Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association, Vice Director, Aki City Hospital; Hiroaki Tsumura, MD, Chief Director of Surgery, Hiroshima City Funairi Hospital; Hideki Nakahara, MD, Director, Hepato-Biliary Surgery, Hiroshima Prefectural Hospital; Takenori Okada, MD, Physician, Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital and Atomic-Bomb Survivors Hospital; Yoshimi Tatsukawa, MD, Associate Senior Scientist, Division of Health Examinations, Department of Clinical Studies, Radiation Effects Research Foundation; Misa Egawa, MD, Physician, Hiroshima University Hospital; Mitsunobu Kubota, MD, Clinical Staff, Dept. of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Hiroshima University Hospital; Kazumochi Nakamoto, Chief, General Affairs Section, Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association; Hideo Shinoda, Personnel Section Chief, Radiation Effects Research Foundation; Naoki Kono, Supervisor, Hiroshima City Office Health and Welfare Bureau Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Department Relief Division; Hiroyuki Mori, Staff, Nagasaki City Office Investigation Division, Atomic Bomb Survivors Department.