‘Our friends in Fukushima’

As part of our activities on Fukushima.

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‘Hope’ was the focus of our thoughts for a while after the East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011, which triggered an accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Where and how could we find it?

We saw a glimpse of hope in a group of Fukushima University scientists who formed a radiation assessment team voluntarily after the nuclear accident, measured environmental radiation of Fukushima Prefecture, and made a radiation map of Fukushima. At the time of the accident, the university had neither a research group on nuclear issues nor facilities, and these scientists were not specialists on nuclear issues. Why and how did they make the map?

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Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Editor: Hajime Kobayashi
Producers: Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda
40 minutes
In Japanese with English subtitles
©Japan Desk Scotland 2013
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This is the first documentary created by Japan Desk Scotland as part of its documentary films production.  It has been screened:

(1) on Sunday 10 March 2013 as part of ‘Japan Matters: The second anniversary of the East Japan Earthquake‘ at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow, Scotland;

(2) on Sunday 21 April 2013 as part of ‘Michi Biraki Festival‘ organised by Department of Japanese Language and Literature, University of Bucharest, at the Botanic Gardens, Bucharest, Romania;

(3) on Saturday 4 May 2013 as part of JDS’s Saturday Japanese Class, Glasgow, Scotland;

(4) on Wednesday 22 May 2013 as part of the ‘Japanese Workshops’ at Whitburn Academy, West Lothian, Scotland;

(5) on Wednesday 26 June 2013 as a Faculty Development project by the Faculty of Humanities and Economics, Kochi University, Kochi, Japan;

(6) on Wednesday 12 February 2014 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2013/14;

(7) on Wednesday 30 April 2014 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Fukushima, Hiroshima, Fukushima‘.

(8) on Tuesday 10 June 2014 at Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Fukushima, Hiroshima, Fukushima;

(9) on Monday 16 June 2014 at Cumbernauld High School, North Lanarkshire, Scotland;

(10) on Saturday 21 June 2014 at GZO Peace Institute, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, The Philippines;

(11) on Friday 13 February 2015 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2014/15;

(12) on Tuesday 10 March 2015 at the International Study Group run by Japan Desk Scotland at the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy;

(13) on Thursday 23 April 2015 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2014/15;

(14) on Tuesday 7 July 2015 at the Tuesday Seminar, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan; and

(15) on Wednesday 17 February 2016 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2015/16.