A Conversation with Chikako Nishiyama, An Evacuee from Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Film Screening “Women of Fukushima”
June 1, 2013 6PM-8PM
@ Cage 83A Hester Street, New York, NY 10002 [MAP]
F Train to East Broadway / D Train to Grand Street / J,M Train to Essex Street (check weekend schedule at mta.info)
Film: “Women of Fukushima”
Director – Paul Johannessen, Co-Director – Jeffrey Jousan
Six Japanese women offer brutally honest views on the state of the clean-up, the cover-ups and untruths since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, and how it has affected their lives, homes and families.
Stories from Chikako Nishiyama + Roundtable discussion
Ms. Chikako Nishiyama is a nuclear refugee originally from Kawauchi Village in Fukushima. Located at 15 miles from the Fukushima reactors, Kawauchi was a town of 2,300 hundred people before March 2011. Chikako Nishiyama was on the city council of Kawauchi in 2011. As she was getting ready to run for a second term, the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred with its resulting tsunami and devastating meltdowns of the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Kawauchi was a shelter town for refugees from the 10 mile zone, until it too was completely evacuated after a hydrogen explosion sent a plume of radiation over the community shortly after the earthquake and tsunami. The town was contaminated. However, the evacuation order has been lifted in April 2012, as an effort to cooperate with the government’s interest to minimize the effects of radiation. The residents now are encouraged to return to Kawauchi although the land is still highly contaminated. Ms. Nishiyama’s son, a firefighter, was sent back to the town before the evacuation order was lifted and she is concerned for his health. Ms. Nishiyama has been an outspoken critic of Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) and the government. She is currently working to find new homes for refugees in western Japan, where people can begin to live healthier lives.
Refreshments will be served.
Organized by Todos Somos Japon & The Manhattan Project