Documenting the Fukushima aftermath
By Dr. Ian Fairlie
(The following is an excerpt from a longer article on the subject of evacuations after severe nuclear accidents. While this section focuses on Fukushima, there are lessons here for all nuclear sites and the likely failure of “on paper” evacuation plans.)
If another severe nuclear accident, such as Windscale (in 1957), Chernobyl (1986) or Fukushima (2011) were to occur, then the most important response, in terms of preventing future cancer epidemics, is evacuation. The other main responses are shelter and stable iodine prophylaxis. Adverse health effects would primarily depend on wind direction and on the nature of the accident. This article looks primarily at the Fukushima evacuation and its after-effects.
When the Fukushima-Daiichi, Japan nuclear disaster began on March 11, 2011, evacuations were not immediate and some were hampered by the destructive after-effects of the Tsunami and earthquake that precipitated the nuclear crisis.
Once people were evacuated…
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Namie Mayor Baba Tamotsu interviewed by Katsuya Hirano with Yoshihiro Amaya and Yoh Kawano at Namie town hall, July 4th, 2017. Introduction by Katsuya Hirano, Transcription and translation by Akiko Anson Baba Tamotsu. Photo by Yoh Kawano Introduction The town of Namie is the largest in both area and population among eight towns and villages within Futaba Country in Fukushima […]
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A huge thank you to all who participated as models, and to all those who have supported the project in other ways: it would not have been possible without you.
The portraits can be viewed here: https://redkimono.org/gallery/
I decided to translate this particular article because this article for a change talks about the Fukushima disaster victims and in details how their everyday lives have been affected.
In most of the Fukushima related articles from websites and mainstream media, the writers usually focus on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and its technical failures, about its continuous leaking into the Pacific ocean etc. but somehow they almost always forget to talk about the plight of the victims, the victims who are at the forefront of this tragedy.
August 12, 2016
Article written by Evelyne Genoulaz, from a lecture given by Kurumi Sugita,
translated by Dun Renard.
Source : Fukushima Blog de Pierre Fetet http://www.fukushima-blog.com/2016/08/fukushima-les-vies-sinistrees.html
March 11, 2016, Kurumi Sugita, social anthropologist researcher and founding president of the association “Our Far Neighbors 3.11”, gave a lecture entitled “Fukushima disaster’s lives” in the Nature and Environment House (MNEI) in Grenoble…
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Today’s portrait is of Milly:
Red Kimono In The Window at Conway Hall ends on 31st August 2016.
This installation of eight of the thirty portraits, with text and booklets, opened in March 2016, to mark the 5th year of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
Version 4 was produced in the UK for the Red Kimono In The Window installation at Conway Hall, London, 1st March – 31st August 2016, for visitors to take away, free of charge.
The contents are the same as version 1 – containing the English translations of the letters, memoirs and speech by evacuees from Fukushima and excerpts from the statements by ’50 complainants for the criminal prosecution of the Fukushima nuclear disaster’ in the e-book titled: Fukushima Radiation: Will You Still Say No Crime Was Committed?. More about the statements here.
The cover of version 4 now includes information about Osaka-based organisation Thanks and Dream, The Great East Japan Earthquake & Nuclear Disaster Evacuee Association of which Akiko Morimatsu (pictured on the back cover) is a key member.
Booklets are available in the Conway Hall Entrance on Red Lion Square, or by post if you send a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
An evening of live music, film, poetry and a talk about Fukushima to mark the the 5th anniversary of the catastrophic accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Friday 13th May 2016: 18:00-22:00
25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1206469736030594/
Free event but donations are welcome: all proceeds will go to charities helping children who have been affected by the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe.
The evening is curated by Lis Fields as part of her Red Kimono project.
18:00 Doors open, drinks served, short films
19:00 Talk: Dr Ian Fairlie, independent consultant on radioactivity will talk about Fukushima followed by Q&A
Poetry reading by Ann Garrett
Eight of the thirty Red Kimono portraits, and a poster bearing explanatory text, are on display in the Conway Hall window which looks onto Theobalds Road , a busy road in central London, from March 4th – August 31st 2016.