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U.S. Consul General, Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, pays visit to RERF

Mr. Allen Greenberg, U.S. Consul General (left), and RERF Chairman Toshiteru Okubo

    On December 8, 2014, RERF had the pleasure of receiving a visit from Mr. Allen Greenberg, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, Japan, a position to which Mr. Greenberg was appointed in August 2014. Mr. Greenberg was accompanied on his visit to RERF by Mr. Brian DaRin (Consul, Political and Economic Affairs), and Ms. Naomi Shibui (Economic Assistant).
    The group was hosted by RERF Chairman Toshiteru Okubo and other RERF senior staff in Dr. Okubo’s office and given overviews on the history of RERF and the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC), RERF’s predecessor organization, as well as on RERF’s past, present, and expected future research and other activities. Mr. Greenberg and his staff exhibited keen interest in the research being undertaken by RERF.
    Following the initial overview meeting, an extensive facility tour was provided to the Consulate team, where more detailed descriptions of the responsibilities and activities of the various research departments of RERF were presented. Each of the group members asked relevant questions of the RERF staff and showed interest in understanding the basic knowledge that ABCC-RERF has collected about radiation health effects based on the organization’s long-term studies of A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki since the founding of ABCC in 1947.
    We truly appreciated the opportunity to explain our organization and its scientific results to senior officials of the U.S. government’s diplomatic ranks. We feel confident that the findings from our research can serve to remind all those who visit RERF of the importance of continuing our scientific program, which involves the long-term study of the health effects in the A-bomb survivors and their children from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.