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Japanese civilian and US military interaction in the evacuation of casualties from Camp Fuji
  1. Youichi Yanagawa,
  2. Y Oode,
  3. Y Adegawa,
  4. K-i Muramatsu,
  5. Y Kushida,
  6. H Nagasawa,
  7. I Takeuchi,
  8. K Jitsuiki,
  9. H Ohsaka and
  10. K Omori
  1. Acute Critical Care Medicine, Juntendo Daigaku Igakubu Fuzoku Shizuoka Byoin, Izunokuni, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Youichi Yanagawa, Acute Critical Care Medicine, Juntendo Daigaku Igakubu Fuzoku Shizuoka Byoin, Izunokuni, Shizuoka 410-2295, Japan; yyanaga{at}


Historically, if US soldiers at Camp Fuji become severely ill or suffer trauma, they are transported by the ground ambulance, as the doctor-led air ambulance in eastern Shizuoka has never been permitted to land at Camp Fuji. However, it is widely recognised that severely ill or traumatised patients require time-dependent medical management. It was therefore agreed to undertake a joint exercise between the US medical assets of Camp Fuji and the doctor helicopters in eastern Shizuoka prefecture in evacuating a simulated severely ill or traumatised US soldier. The aim of this article is to describe the background and rationale between this collaboration between the civilian Japanese air ambulance and the US medical assets in Camp Fuji.

  • camp fuji
  • evacuation, helicopter
  • coordination

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  • Contributors All authors have made substantial contributions to all of the following: (1) the conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content and (3) final approval of the version to be submitted.

  • Funding This manuscript received financial support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities, 2015-2019.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Ethics approval Institutional Review Board in Juntendo Shizuoka Hospital approved this study (no. 298).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.