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Film screening followed by Q&A with the director, Dr. Komei Hosokawa. Film title: "Fukushima 10 Years Later: Voices from the Continuing Nuclear Disaster"
Date and Time: Thursday, March 11, 2021, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm (Hawaii Standard Time)
Register for Zoom webinar in advance: http://go.hawaii.edu/JDk
Film synopsis: Ten years have passed since the March 11, 2011 Eastern Japan Earthquake and the accompanying explosive accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The slogan of "reconstruction" feels empty for many people who suffered and are still struggling with the unending impacts of the nuclear disaster. The nuclear accident has impacted many people's lives and livelihoods in various ways. The government's evacuation-and-return policies have caused schisms and pain. The decommissioning work at the site has created a huge amount of contaminated water and fisherfolk are deeply concerned with the government plan to release the radioactive water into the ocean. The government is nonetheless pushing for the restart of nuclear reactors nationwide. Based on interviews with victims scattered in exile, this documentary film poses critical questions about the nuclear energy policies and disaster responses. Watch the film trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/parc311 (Trailer does not have English substitles, but the film showing on March 11 will have them.)
The Center for Japanese Studies is extremely grateful for the support and assistance of the following individuals and offices: Dr. Komei Hosokawa, The Pacific Asia Resource Center (PARC) staff http://parc-jp.org/english/index.html, Dr. Aya H. Kimura UH Mānoa Professor of Sociology, and UH Mānoa Library staff.
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center for Japanese Studies, Spring 2021 Seminar Series.
Gay Satsuma, Associate Director, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa