Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fukushima Four Years Later

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant was initiated primarily by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011. In this photographic documentary Arkadiusz Podniesiński wants us to know that it is not earthquakes or tsunami that are to blame for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but humans. The report produced by the Japanese parliamentary committee investigating the disaster concludes that the disaster could have been forseen and prevented.

Podniesiński visited the area four years after the disaster. He reports on the ongoing decontamination and the people who have been displaced. He also tells us about Naoto Matsumura, a farmer who returned illegally to the zone to take care of the abandoned animals. It's a fascinating read.

The author and Naoto Matsumura with his animals
One of thousands of dump sites with sacks of radioactive soil
Yukiko Tajiri showing the house she lived in before the evacuation


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