1 year later.
A year after the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear explosion trifecta hit northeastern Japan on 3/11/2011, many small towns along the northeast coast of Japan are still struggling with the same unanswered questions…
Is our food safe? Is our water safe? Can I sell my fish and vegetables at the market? Will my children die prematurely of cancer? Can we ever trust the government again?
Our search for
We follow a group of surfers and fishermen based in
Motoyoshi, a coastal town 100 miles north of Fukushima,
as they try to find answers. We shot half the footage;
the other half was filmed by the locals themselves.
Through interviews with locals, anti-nuclear activists,
and global experts on radiation, we provide answers
to fundamental questions about radiation and the
complexities of disaster response on both a
political and sociological level.
We sent waterproof cameras to
the residents of Motoyoshi so they
can film their experience through their own lens while we’re not there.
Explore the timeline of Japan’s Bipolar Nuclear History
- The United States drops
atomic bombs on
Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
killing nearly a quarter
- Japan enacts the Atomic
Energy Basic Law,
limiting use of nuclear
technology to peaceful
- The Soviet Union, the United
States, Japan, and
the European Union form
- TEPCO (Tokyo Electric
Power Company) admits to
falsifying safety reports at its
plants for more than two
decades. The Chairman and
- Japan reaches 54
- Only two of 54
in Japan are
- A Japanese tuna boat called
the Lucky Dragon No. 5 is
showered with radiation
after the US tests a hydrogen
bomb on Bikini Atoll. All the
fish were sold.
- Japan’s first commercial
nuclear power plant begins
- Fast breeder reactor Monju is
shut down due to a sodium leak
and fire. The government alters a video
of the accident and continues to
devote resources to developing
- A magnitude 6.8 earthquake
causes a fire in the
which was constructed on
top of an active fault. 1200
liters of radioactive water
wash out to sea.
- A magnitude 9.0 earthquake
triggers a tsunami that hits
four nuclear power stations.
Japan declares nuclear
emergency. Radioactive material
flows into the ocean.
Our collective knowledge about nuclear safety is, in many ways, as simplistic and naive as
the way we understood weather a century ago…