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WHY THIS PROJECT?
In 2006, the Forsmark plant in Sweden came within a few minutes of meltdown. The reaons? A loss of electrical power as was the case in 2011 in Fukushima JAPAN. The idea that a second Chernobyl was possible upset me to the point that since Chernobyl I had made films to warn about the dangers of the atom (ANTOINE CITIZEN, RAS; NUCLEAR nothing to report, Chernobyl 4 EVER). When I finished my last documentary in Ukraine, I was thinking of dropping the nuclear power as a topic and opening myself to other subjects, but life quickly called me back. Ten days after I finished editing Chernobyl 4 EVER, the tsunami devastated the coast of Japan. I learned that the emergency diesel did not work in Fukushiam Daichi. I could see that a disaster would happen. And indeed, the next day a friend told me by text message that a reactor had exploded. I followed the course of events on a daily basis, assisted by experts from Greenpeace. I learned how the official media in Japan and other countries hardly ever touched this subject even though it is going to affect all of us for at least 10 years (see Appendix 2). I discovered how an endless vigil was held to continue to inform global citizen.
Above all, I met Mr Shintaro YANAGI who is a 27-year-old Japanese man, who came to see the Chernobyl 4 EVER film at the European Parliament. After the screening, he expressed his feeling to me. My film had informed him about the future of Japan: "if the Ukrainians have not managed to solve the problem of reactor No. 4, what will we do with 4 reactors which still contain fuel? It will not be possible to build the sarcophagus as the area is dangerous in terms of earthquakes". Japan has no future. But as luck would have it Shintaro lives two blocks from my house. So we saw each other regularly to talk about Japan. Shintaro is incredibly concerned about his family who lives in Kanto region,
. This area has not only been affected by the earthquake, it is also now contaminated. Since the disaster, he has informed people and sought to spread the word among his
family, friends in his hometown. Unfortunately, they do not dare to know the reality...Some do not want to contact him for fear of hearing bad news from him. Shintaro is therefore face with a huge dilemma. Should we or should we not say the truth?" This is precisely the dilemma faced by the Japanese Government, which alternates between alerting the public to keep people safe (which is necessary if Japan wants to have a future) or reassuring the public to avoid panic and a total disruption of society and the economy (a short- term view).
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Shintaro also explained why the Japanese people seem to have developed a fatalistic attitude. At the heart of Japanese culture, there is the concept of Mujo, Mujo means: "Nothing remains constant. Even thing moves." It's a little like the TA PANTA REI Mektoub of Heraclitus or the Arabs, with the difference that nature taught Japan this lesson in philosophy. Historically, the Japanese lived with earthquakes that reminded them of the impermanence of things and that led them to change their society numerous times. March 11 has certainly shaken Japan irreversibly.
Shintaro studied political science in Japan and UK and is about to do a PhD in Brussels. In addition, he worked in the European Commission, Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency as a trainee for 5 months in Belgium. Several Japanese groups to help children asked him to translate their website to convey their messages of distress of the world. Shintaro would like to return to Japan to see his family and to meet the people who care of the children. He wants to know exactly what the situation is and see how to help his country. He wonders about the future of citizen of Japan.
"There must be some light in this very dark tunnel!" I share his curiosity, his anguish, and his revolt. Like him, I would like to believe that Japan will take advantage of this shocking event to change and show the world a new model of society based on a fundamentally different paradigm. Who knows whether Japan might be the laboratory for a radical transformation? Who knows if what is at stake here right now does not foreshadow a solution to survive on an earth where there will be 9 billion people. The land of the rising sun cannot deal with the contamination and its consequences unless it imposes martial law or modifies its social and economic organisation by choosing a model based on more solidarity....
We reflected together, not about what film we wanted to make, but about what film needed to be made, Shintaro I arrived at a simple conclusion: the most pressing need is to address the plight of the children. Their lives are in real danger but the Japanese government refuses to admit it. Since we cannot create a magic wand that would save them from their sad reality, we must listen. It is also important to give meaning to the things that do not make sense to them, and communicate them to our children who are also asking a lot of questions. Today, the official media are already tired of Fukushima. Needless to say, few people have tried to explain what happened to our little ones. If children from outside Japan listen to Japanese children talking about their everyday lives, they will be able to understand and show compassion. This message could be painful, but told by the children, it carries with it a hope for all the children of the world who want to live and who believe that there is possibility to solve the issues.
Thus this film is not only for adults but also for the children of Japan and the entire world.
A 75 minute’s documentary aims to alert the international community about the children from the contaminated area in Japan, who have been suffering from the after affects of the worst nuclear accident in history which occured at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima. In addition this movie will precisely depict the feeling of alienation of the childeren whoive in an environment polluted by the radiation from the Fukushima Nuclear Daiichi. [end snip]