‘Evacuation Order in Fukushima – July 2017′

This is Japan Desk Scotland’s sixth documentary on environmental radiation in Fukushima.

In April 2017, the evacuation order was lifted in Fukushima Prefecture, except the ‘Difficult-to-Return’ zone. In the same month, a five-year joint project with Ukraine was started, with Fukushima University Institute of Environmental Radioactivity as the key player.
Three months later, in July 2017, Tomioka Town was visited, where the evacuation order was lifted, and interviews were carried out with researchers or students at IER from Ukraine, Russia, Bangladesh and the United States. Part of 20 million cubic meters of removed soil produced from a massive-scale decontamination work in Fukushima was already transferred to interim storage site to be built in Okuma and Futaba Towns.
The interim storage will become a massive reservoir of contaminated soil, while IER is becoming a reservoir of knowledge, experience and experts on nuclear accidents in one place. This is the sixth Fukushima documentary by Japan Desk Scotland.

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Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Music: ‘Mark Twain in Japan’ by Invacuo
Directed and edited by: Yushin Toda
Produced by Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
67 minutes
mostly in Japanese with English subtitles, and partly in English
© Japan Desk Scotland 2018


This is part of our documentary films production.

It has been shown:

(1) on Sunday 11 March 2018 at Wellington Church, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of the 7th anniversary event for the East Japan Earthquake; and

(2) on Wednesday 13 June 2018 at University of Glasgow Chapel, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Hope – Documentaries’ co-organised by JDS and University of Glasgow Chaplaincy. The event was part of the West End Festival.