Saturday, July 14, 2012

In Containment. 15 Months After Fukushima Disaster, it's Still a Disaster.

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 tsunami and subsequent tsunami hit the Tohku area, in the northern part of mainland Japan. On March 12, the #1 reactor exploded. On March 14th, the #3 reactor containing plutonium exploded. Two more explosions followed.

The Japanese parliamentary panel concluded, in their  report last week, that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster was caused by government-industry "collusion," thus "man-made".

Yet, 15 months after this monumental disaster, it's still a disaster, chiefly due to the collusion-ers who made this disaster possible.  An ongoing criminal cover-up of the safety dangers of the nuclear plant by the Japanese government, TEPCO (12.5 billion bailout, bring the bailout total to $44 billion) , and GE management - who built the plant in Fukushima  continue to collude in order to ensure the continuous suffering of their victims  

The following documentary, not yet finished, takes you where the mainstream media refuses to go

Part 1: People in the city of Minamisoma, Fukushima remember the victims of the tsunami fifteen months after the March 11 disaster. Ian then visits the former site of the 20 km exclusion zone and is questioned by a police officer. Later, citizens of Minamisoma share the personal struggles they continue to face.

Part 2: Before heading to the evacuation zone to conduct an inspection, National Diet member and son of the former Japanese prime minister, Shinjiro Koizumi visits temporary shops set up for the evacuees of the March 11 disaster where he displays questionable demeanor towards the victims. Later, the evacuee who was chosen to give Koizumi flowers during his visit and was on the receiving end of his brand of humour offers him advice on being a politician. Finally, Minamisoma resident Hiroshi prepares to take Ian into the evacuation zone.

Part 3: Hiroshi takes Ian into Odaka, the southern-most part of Minamisoma which is between 10 to 20 km from the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima. After the nuclear meltdown Odaka was evacuated and became part of exclusion zone, and since access has only recently been allowed, much of the destruction remains exactly as it was after the earthquake and tsunami. Ian speaks with a resident of Odaka about the current state of limbo they are in and their fears for the future. Later, on his way to the exclusion zone, just 10 km from the nuclear plant, Ian meets a woman and her father who are also heading to the no-go zone to visit their home for the first time since the disaster.


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