I heard this from someone who was the captain of an Antarctic wintering expedition.
Fire is said to be the scariest thing in Antarctica.
This is because there is no water available for digestion.
In a world where people can freeze to death on the ice, once a fire breaks out, it is difficult to extinguish it.
When a building catches fire, the heating is strong and persists even below freezing.
Every morning, all members of the team gather and melt snow to obtain drinking water.
The average thickness of Antarctic ice is 2500 m.
You can’t fish by drilling holes in the ice.
One of the research activities of the Antarctic wintering team is to dig holes and examine the composition of deep ice.
I once drank whiskey mixed with water using that ice.
When the ice melts, the air from ancient times that was compressed and trapped in the ice comes out.
Making a popping sound.
The air from tens of thousands of years ago appears in modern times making noise.
I remembered that I felt it was a man’s romance.
Fires are difficult to extinguish in cold, snowy countries.
In winter, the elderly and sick people cannot survive in disaster-stricken areas.
At the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake, I went to Kesennuma by helicopter to provide relief on March 13th, two days after the earthquake.
The weather was freezing and snowing.
In Kesennuma, some elderly people actually lost their lives because of this.
The structure of the Koyama G facility had cracks, and the electricity, water, and sewage pipes were also broken.
Of course, the toilet doesn’t flush either.
There’s no way there’s any running water.
The elevator doesn’t work either.
No one will come to repair it either.
I can’t use the kitchen or the bathroom.
It will be turned into a facility and will not be in operation.
If that were the case, the elderly residents of these facilities, even if they were not hospitals, would not be able to survive.
I immediately decided to evacuate everyone to Koyama G Hospital in Yamagata, which I did.
The resident was transported to a hospital in Yamagata using a hospital ambulance.
The situation at Koyama G Hospital, where the number of hospitalized patients suddenly doubled, was also in dire straits.
The situation was covered by NHK.
Needless to say, it was difficult for the staff at the hospital that took them in.
The number of patients had doubled, so it was a constant struggle.
After that, it took nearly half a year to repair the old Ken in Kesennuma.
After that, the users were able to return to Kesennuma.
However, at that time, the government told me to find a place to evacuate within the prefecture and that I would not be allowed to be transported to another prefecture.
I decided that it would be unrealistic to look for a place to evacuate within the prefecture, so I ignored the administrative order and decided to transport them to Yamagata.
It is well known that at that time, hospitals near the nuclear power plant were not allowed to transport patients outside the prefecture, so buses carrying many elderly patients wandered around the prefecture, and many patients did not survive.
As expected, the government no longer gives such guidance.
The government is also now aiming for wide-area cooperation.
At the end of March at that time, the government allowed deferred repayment of the debt.
However, Koyama G used all his assets and funds to repay the financial institution as usual.
Building staff dormitories and repairing facilities requires a large amount of money.
Because it was necessary to ask for new debt.
I believe that the relationship of trust between Koyama G and the financial institutions it does business with was established at that time.
It is well known that at that time, hospitals in Fukushima near the nuclear power plant were not allowed to transport patients outside the prefecture, so buses carrying patients wandered around the prefecture, and many elderly patients did not survive.
Both Koyama G and Thunderbird exist as active units for wide-area cooperation.
Daily disaster drills, seminars, and research are all about taking action on that day.
Both Koyama G and Thunderbird use all the donations they receive for gasoline, water, food, etc.
It is the sweat and tears of the dispatched staff.
The members providing relief support will be grateful if you can read this diary and take it into consideration.
I think I’ll do my best.
I would like to convey this message to the local people affected by the disaster.
Based on my experience, I hope that people will evacuate to other prefectures as much as possible.
Koyama G accepts as many patients as possible from any hospital or facility in the country.
If you have a Koyama G facility in the area where you live or have relatives, please contact us.
Everyone in the disaster area.
Please evacuate to a well-equipped hospital, nursing care facility, or hotel.
Leaving your home and assets behind and moving may seem like a shame, but your life is at stake.
I would like prefectures across the country to accept disaster victims, even if only for a small number of residents.
Donations are important, but in the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake, they were not used immediately.
The reconstruction funds that the government had provided were not immediately used.
Even if they had money, there was a lack of organizations to utilize it effectively.
The social structure was inadequate.
So I launched Thunderbird.
Koyama G’s healthcare design network is also starting to move forward.
A long, long battle continues.
It’s a fight for survival.
As long as we continue to live, the battle will never end.
Wajima morning market search in the rain: Nihon Keizai Shimbun
Pulse oximeter 99/99/99
Body temperature 36.5 Blood sugar 123
My heart flies to the local area
CEO Yasunari Koyama