Japan is the only country on earth to experience the horrors of nuclear attack. Yet ironically, with 56 nuclear reactors, it is sitting on the potential for more horrific nuclear disasters than delivered by the bombings in August 1945. Atomic Japan will explore the short and long-term affects of the bombings; the history of nuclear energy in Japan – its debacles and cover-ups; and take a look at the anti-nuclear movement.
Since the occurrence of the incident at Fukushima, there has been tremendous concern in Japan for its use of nuclear energy. There is a wide-sweeping anti-nuclear movement, both in the private and governmental sectors. With over 50 active nuclear reactors nestled in its tiny, yet geographically volatile domain, this is a world concern, not just a national concern. Simply put, there is no cure. Even if all new construction were suspended today, the concerns for nuclear waste and the time it would take to dismantle and dispose of the materials are formidable. The tailings left from the uranium mining needed to sustain these plants is also a huge concern.
Seen through the eyes of those who experienced the atomic bombings and are now actively anti-nuclear energy, this is a story that is both compelling and necessary. Not only do the protestors in Japan deserve a media voice, it is a story vital to our global community. Central to the heart of the film is the concept “There is no cure.” If there is exposure, there is no cure. If there is a meltdown, there is no cure. If plants continue to produce waste, there is no cure. It is impossible to reverse what has already been done. And therefore, it is paramount that nuclear use does not continue to be perpetuated.
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