‘100 Bq/Kg, 0.23 μSv/h: The standard of living in Fukushima’

As part of our activities on Fukushima.

Interviewed guests in order of appearance: Kencho Kawatsu, Yoshishige Kusano, Kenji Nanba, Yoshitaka Takagai, Makoto Matsueda, Daichi Ito, Akira Sato, Hirofumi Tsukada, Mamoru Sato, Fumiko Goto, Atsushi Iwasaki, Akiko Tomaru, Mayuko Noda, Yumiko Oyama, Yuki Naito, and Miyuki Sasaki.


As a sequel to ‘Our friends in Fukushima‘, this documentary ‘100 Bq/Kg, 0.23 μSv/h: The standard of living in Fukushima‘ focuses on two numbers relevant to the life in Fukushima Prefecture after the nuclear accident, where about two million people are living.

100 Bq/Kg is the limit of radioactive materials in general foods in Japan; and
0.23 μSv/h is the air dose rate target for decontamination.

The documentary tries to see implications of these numbers for the life and work for people in Fukushima through carrying out interviews with Fukushima University staff members and students, staff members of a local supermarket chain, a breeding specialist on fruit trees and a scientist on radioactive materials on plants, and a local resident in Soma City affected by the tsunami.


Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Editor: Hajime Kobayashi
Music: Marius Pirhonen
Directed by: Yushin Toda
Producer: Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda
43 minutes
In Japanese with English subtitles
©Japan Desk Scotland 2014


This is Japan Desk Scotland’s second documentary on environmental radiation in Fukushima and is its fourth documentary created as part of its documentary films production

The documentary has been screened:

(1) on Tuesday 11 March 2014 at the special Japan Matters event to mark the third anniversary of the East Japan (Tohoku) earthquake, at Wellington Church, Glasgow, Scotland, under its earlier title of ‘Our friends in Fukushima in 2013’;

(2) on Sunday 13 April 2014 at ‘Michi Biraki Festival’ organised by Department of Japanese Language and Literature, University of Bucharest at the Botanic Gardens, Bucharest, Romania;

(3) on Friday 2 May 2014 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Fukushima, Hiroshima, Fukushima’;

(4) on Thursday 12 June 2014 at Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Fukushuma, Hiroshima, Fukushima;

(5) on Tuesday 24 June 2014 by Interfaith Center for a Culture of Nonviolence in Bauan, Batangas, The Philippines;

(6) on Saturday 28 June 2014 at Department of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, The Philippines (class for the final year students on Politics);

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

(8) on Friday 24 April 2015 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2014/15;

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

(10)  on Thursday 14 July 2016 at Oshima National College of Maritime Technology, Yamaguchi, Japan; and

(11) on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at the International Study Group held in the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland.