‘Fukushima: 2011-2015′

‘A lotus flower grows out of the mud and blossoms above the muddy surface of the water’

At the time of Fukushima nuclear accident of March 2011, Fukushima University had neither a research group on nuclear issues nor any facilities. Some Fukushima University scientists, however, volunteered to make a radiation map of Fukushima Prefecture, although most of them weren’t specialists on nuclear or radiation issues. It is said that the map played a role in changing the government evacuation plan. They have continued to work, in the aftermath of the nuclear accident, in their own research fields. Fukushima University now has Institute of Environmental Radioactivity, where there are researchers from Russia, Ukraine and the United States.

What would you do if you found yourself in the ‘mud’?

This is Japan Desk Scotland’s fourth documentary on Fukushima. It summarises their previous documentaries, but it also has interviews on Chernobyl with scientists from Russia, Ukraine and Japan.


Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Proofreading: Eleanor Small
Music: Marius Pirhonen
Directed and edited by: Yushin Toda
Produced by Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
74 minutes
mostly in Japanese with English subtitles, and partly in English
©2016 Japan Desk Scotland


This is the 16th documentary we have made as part of our documentary films production.

It has been shown on:

(1) Friday 11 March 2016 at Wellington Church, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of a special Japan Matters event to mark the fifth anniversary of the East Japan Earthquake;

(2) Sunday 17 April 2016 at the Michi Biraki Festival organised by the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, University of Bucharest, Romania;

(3) Thursday 16 June 2016 in the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Intangible legacies‘ event jointly organised by University of Glasgow Chaplaincy and Japan Desk Scotland. It was part of the West End Festival;

(4) Wednesday 8 July 2016 at Fukushima University, Fukushima, Japan;

(5) Tuesday 12 July 2016 at the Tuesday Seminar, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan;

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

(7) Monday 12 September 2016 at Department of Japanese Language and Literature, University of Bucharest, Romania, as part of ‘Obento’ (lunch box) workshop;

(8) Wednesday 8 March 2017 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde workshop 2016/17 on Fukushima; and

(9) Monday 3 April 2017 at Department of Japanese Language and Literature, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, for master’s students.