pdf for downloading & printing:
pdf for downloading & printing:
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/
Today’s portrait is of Milly:
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
March 4th – May 31st 2016
Booklets containing stories, letters and statements by evacuees from Fukushima are available in the entrance area on Red Lion Square, for visitors to take, free of charge.
The eight portraits on display:
The explanatory text poster:
at Conway Hall – more details will be announced soon.
Fukushima Radiation: Will You Still Say No Crime Was Committed?
by 50 Complainants for Criminal Prosecution of the FUKUSHIMA Nuclear Disaster
This booklet is a translation of statements by 50 citizens who were residing in Fukushima at the time of the triple disaster of March 11, 2011.
They range in age from 7 to 87, and they wrote these statements as part of the criminal complaint filed with the public prosecutor by the Fukushima Complainants for Criminal Prosecution of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. What, exactly, is a criminal complaint, and who is a “complainant”? In this case, the complaint is the formal legal procedure initiated by citizens in response to the failure of both prosecutors and police to investigate the criminal liability of Tepco and government agencies for their roles in the nuclear disaster. The group complaint, filed at the office of the public prosecutor, is a demand for investigation and indictment of the responsible parties.
Because this is a criminal and not a civil procedure, these citizens are “complainants” rather than “plaintiffs.”
True, some of the Complainants are also plaintiffs in the various civil cases generated by the Fukushima disaster, such as the “Give Us Back Our Livelihood, Give Us Back Our Community” Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Lawsuit; “Denounce Nuclear Power Generation: Redress for the Villagers of Iitate”; or “The Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial for the Right to Education in a Safe Place.”
Although several Complainants in this booklet draw a connection between the failure of the state to pursue criminal liability and the difficulty of getting anything resembling adequate compensation from Tepco, it is important to keep in mind that as Complainants, they do not stand to gain anything individually even under the best-case scenario: if, after all the prosecutorial refusals, an indictment is brought, a trial held, and some parties found to be criminally responsible for the nuclear disaster.
Rather, the Complainants are driven by grief, anger, and incredulity. So much harm had been inflicted, with demonstrated negligence not only leading up to the disaster but in its aftermath, with dire consequences not only for themselves but flung far into the future. After all this, how could it be that no one was held responsible? How could it be that the police, let alone the prosecutors, had not conducted a thorough investigation? Did the rule of law not prevail in Japan? As victims bearing witness, they seek to exercise their responsibility to future generations, that the calamity not be repeated, that the harm be contained by all means possible.’
available from Amazon here. No need for a Kindle – readable via the Kindle app:
Red Kimono now has the wonderful enthusiastic support of Red, the UK women’s online magazine, with the headline ‘Upcoming Exhibition You Need To Know About’: