‘Evacuation Order in Fukushima – July 2017’

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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 (IER) as the key player.

In July 2017, three months later, we visited Tomioka Town, where the evacuation order had been lifted, and we carried out interviews with IER researchers or students from Ukraine, Russia, Bangladesh and the United States.

While travelling from Fukushima City to Tomioka on the Pacific Coast, we saw trucks carrying part of 20 million cubic meters of removed radioactive soil produced from a massive-scale decontamination work to the site for interim storage to be built in Okuma and Futaba Towns.

The interim storage will become a massive artificial reservoir of radioactive soil, while IER is becoming a reservoir of knowledge, experience and experts on nuclear accidents in one place.

Interviewed guests in order of appearance: Kencho Kawatsu, a staff member at ‘Commutan Fukushima’, Ryo Sugimoto, Seiji Ozawa, Daichi Ito, Vasyl Yoschenko, Daniel Workman, Alexei Konoplev, Md. Mofizur Rahman, Zinnat Ara Begum, Kenji Nanba, Mark Zheleznyak, Amber Harshman, Mayuko Noda, Akira Sato, Miyuki Sasaki, Fumiko Goto, Yuki Takimoto, Jyoichiro Usuki, Yuki Inoue, and Makoto Matsueda

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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;

(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;

(3) on Tuesday 3 July 2018 at Fukushima University, Fukushima, Japan;

(4) on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at Oshima National College of Maritime Technology, Yamaguchi, Japan;

(5) on Tuesday 17 July 2018 at the Tuesday Seminar held at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan;

(6) on Tuesday 20 November 2018 at Department of Japanese Language and Literature (the first-year Masters students), University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania;

(7) on Wednesday 12 December 2018 at Moving Image Archive, National Library of Scotland, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japanese Craft Documentaries; and

(8) on Wednesday 17 April 2024 at National Library of Scotland at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘The Lotus Club: Japanese Documentary Series”.