Northern Australia & nuclear


Postcards from Japan: Fukushima housing

Dave Sweeney sent this message from an 'interim' accommodation facility housing residents affected by the stricken Fukushima nuclear complex.

Around 150,000 Japanese people remain unable to return to their homes because of continuing radiation contamination from the stricken Fukushima Daiici nuclear reactor complex. Their communities have been disrupted, lives turned upside down and the social impacts of the accident have been profound. In August 2012 ACF representatives visited and spoke with re-located residents in an ’interim’ accommodation facility that is now home to re-located residents from where ACF’s nuclear campaigner Dave Sweeney sends this message.

Text and presentation: Dave Sweeney
Images and sound: James Norman

Comments (1)

Andrew Grimes
6 September 2012 - 12:47pm

Thank you very much for your caring report Mr Sweeney. Perhaps you and your viewers will be interested in also see this video recently released by the International Federation of the Red Cross Society to mark the 18 month anniversary of the nuclear disaster at the TEPCO Number One (Dai Ichi) NPP in Japanese Prefecture of Fukushima in the Tohoku (East Japan) Region. It is about some of the 2,000,000 people who call Fukushima Prefecture home. It takes 6 minutes to watch. Thank you.

Kind regards from Tokyo

Andrew Grimes

Published on Aug 27, 2012 by ifrc
September 11th marks 18 months since the triple disaster hit Japan's Tohoku region. To mark this milestone, the IFRC together with the Japanese Red Cross has produced a set of communications products telling the stories of survivors' daily lives in the disaster area. These include a 6-minute mini-documentary, Fukushima Summer, which focused on the life of an 11-year-old girl, Airi, who lives in Fukushima. People in the area are still making use of scanning equipment, provided by the Red Cross, to check radiation levels in food and in their own bodies and permanent homes are just starting to be rebuilt. The film follows Airi to a Red Cross summer camp in the northern island of Hokkaido for children from all over the disaster area. Here children gain strength from their experiences and learn to help their communities on the road to recovery.
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