(anche in ITALIANO)
I remember the day of my last exam when I finished my journalism masters course in Italy with a dissertation on Japanese “hikikomori". After passing my exam, an examiner told me: "I suggest you don’t focus too much on Japan, it’s not a country we’ll hear about that much in the near future”. That day was March 3, 2011. A week later, on Friday 11 March 2011, the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami destroyed the north-eastern coasts of Japan, subsequently causing the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Japan needed to be reported on more than before and since then I have continued/I have never stopped reporting from the area.
In 2016, Japan will commemorate the 5th anniversary of the 3.11 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima caused a nuclear crisis that Japan is still struggling with. After an initial rush to clean and rebuild the most affected areas, the process slowed down last year when many problems emerged. Among them was disinformation about the nuclear risk and its consequences, by both the government and local media, as well as the significant number of refugees still living in temporary shelters, mostly consisting of shipping containers.
Traveling from Tokyo to the northeastern part of Japan the project will focus on the coastal life 5 years after the quake, on the rebuilding process and on the measures taken to prevent further tsunamis. Also, it will cover the issue of radioactive waste management and reprocessing. The project aim at observing the challenges and difficulties that local communities are facing while trying to live with the fear of radioactivity in those affected territories. The goal is to analyze the reconstruction process of villages obliterated by the tsunami, comparing the current situation with the Japanese government's initial promises of a return to normality.
Risks and challenges
Radioactivity in the Fukushima area is the main risk for this trip, for which we need adequate equipment. Nevertheless, our aim is to reach the highest number of cities hit by the tsunami and to visit the areas closed off after the nuclear plant meltdowns.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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