Association of Medical Doctors of ASIA, founded in 1984, Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC since 1995

From AMDA Group President, Dr. Shigeru Suganami

It all started with a photo taken during WWII. This memorable encounter with a single photo is the root of my career as a medical doctor and my life-long humanitarian work. It was a photo of a young solider lying dead on a beach, his body half buried in the water.

The merciless and solitary death of a young man evoked in me a feeling of despair and anger at human follies. The world is filled with ceaseless killing and hostilities. To break this chain of violence, I had to do my own share of work. My answer was humanitarian work through medicine.

Another turning point in my younger days was the 10-month trip in Asian countries which I took while I was at the Medical School. The diverse and dynamic power of these Asian countries simply overwhelmed me. At the same time I felt a strong sense of guilt and uneasiness toward the unjust deaths and sufferings inflicted on these fellow Asians by the Japanese military during WWII.

There is no turning back to the days of the past and undoing what went wrong. But I felt that each and every one of us living in today’s world all carry equal responsibility for the present. Thus it was a part of my obligations to Asian people and people of the world that I do everything possible in my power to create a peaceful world for today’s and future generations.
 

 
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