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Doctors in the atomic-bombed country strongly protest against countries and leaders who imply the use of nuclear weapons

Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. At the very beginning of the invasion, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was captured by force. Political leaders not only in Russia but also in some other countries have implied the possible use of nuclear weapons.

Japanese physicians, who have/inherit the experience of the atomic bomb attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in wartime, cannot tolerate the current situation.

In the Cold War period, when nuclear weapons could be used at any time, Dr. Evgueni Chazov (the director of the Moscow Cardiological Center) of the Former Soviet Union, together with Dr. Bernard Lown (Harvard University cardiology professor) in the United States established IPPNW. Soon after they passed away in 2021, the world is now confronted with this serious situation.

The "diplomacy" by means of war could lead to discontinuation or stagnation of radiation medicine and research on radiation exposure that is needed today.

We are deeply concerned that, even after the Cold War was over, we are still living in the period when nuclear weapons could be used at any time and the situation that nuclear weapons could be used tomorrow or the day after tomorrow is the reality. We strongly protest against those who have caused the current situation.

We call on doctors in each country to share this thought and work together. We urge politicians to promptly get this situation under control.

February 28, 2022
Japanese Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

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