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Message from the President

Keiichi Hiramatsu


November 2015

The Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-Exposed (HICARE) was established in April 1991 in order for Hiroshima to contribute to the continued treatment of A-bomb survivor-skillfully utilizing the experiences accumulated by the city’s citizens, medical institutions and other professionals acquired as a result of the tragedy suffered by the first use of nuclear weapons in human history - and to promote close international cooperation based on partnerships with relevant institutions.

Since we were established, we have carried out various projects to support the medical care of radiation-exposure victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident -from the nuclear tests at the Semipalatinsk Test Site - and other nuclear accidents, cooperating in the medical care for radiation emergencies, training for the medical care for A-bomb victims living in the Americas and Korea, publishing explanations on the medical care of the radiation-exposure victims and organizing a number of symposiums.

In Japan, our major activities include dispatching experts to the 1999 Criticality Incident in Tokaimura and to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi (No.1) Nuclear Power Station caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
We have received the most prestigious award in Japan, the Health Service Award in the field of health and hygiene, and other high recognition for our activities.

We signed the Practical Arrangements on medical care for radiation-exposure victims with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2010 to make HICARE’s activities more widely known throughout the world and to further our international contributions. Using the network of the IAEA, we held the international symposium “The Effects of Radiation on the Human Body” jointly with the IAEA. On May 8, 2014, HICARE was designated IAEA Collaborating Center, and we continue to strive to be a hub for personnel training and sharing information on the medical care for the radiation exposed.

We hope that many -regardless of their nationalities and ranging from the general public to medical professionals, researchers, and those from administrative bodies- will visit this website, appreciate the activities of HICARE, and use our materials to become better informed about the effects of exposure to radiation.