Friday June 22nd, 7:30pm
@ Cage – 83 Hester Street, New York, NY 10002 (between Orchard & Allen St.) (Map)
F train to East Broadway / B, D train to Grand Street
n.o.n.u.k.e.s. exhibition & talk:
Revolutionary Exodus Against The State Project
-What Is Happening in Fukushima & Report Back from Rio+20-
“I grew up with financial benefits from Nuclear Power,” says Takako Shishido. She and her family of four fled to the northernmost island of Hokkaido from Fukushima to escape from the radioactive contamination caused by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster that began last March. Like many others, her family receives little to no financial support from the government.
Takumi Sakamoto reports from exclusion zones around Fukushima Daiichi, along with his photographs of abandoned cattle, whose eyes, he states, “see the end of the world.”
We will gather to discuss how nuclear power can affect our right to live. We will be joined by Shishido and Sakamoto from Japan who will share their experience in post-311 Japan and their hope to connect to us for global solidarity against nuclear power, including their visit to Rio+20 conference in Brazil.
How didFukushima affect people’s life, and why are we not informed about this? How does the United States, the host of 104 nuclear reactors, try to disconnect us from the people’s struggles in Japan? Are we in the same danger of social control?
This talk event is accompanied by Sakamoto’s photographs and Shishido’s quilts, created in Fukushima evacuees community in Sapporo. Exhibition is open from Friday 6/22 2pm-11pm, and Saturday 6/23 12pm-5pm at CAGE, 83 Hester Street, NYC.
Born in 1972 in Tomioka, the hosting town of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. At the time of the disaster, she was living in the city of Date, 50km north-west of the stricken plant. Although she was outside of the exclusion zone set by the state, she decided to voluntarily relocate to Hokkaido with her two children in June 2011. Since her husband joined them two months later, the Shishido’s are rebuilding their lives in the new environment. Shishido has also been raising voices both as a former local member of nuclear town, and as a voluntary evacuee from Fukushima. She has spoken as a witness for the national diet hearing. She currently organizes a Sapporo-based community group of evacuees who fled from radiation.
Born in 1971 in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido. Graduate of Applied Chemistry at Muroran Industrial University. After having worked at factories and publishing printers, he has begun working as a freelance journalist since the Tohoku Great Earthquake Disaster on March 2011. He has been writing on life and death of humans, including Hokkaido Newspaper’s “To Live” column. He has also co-authored “The Book of Sadhana.” His photographs can be viewed here: http://www.studio-56.net/Takumi_Sakamoto/gallery.html
1972年, 東京電力福島第二原子力発電所のある福島県双葉郡富岡町に生まれる. 震災時は事故原発より50キロ北西にある福島県伊達市に在住。国による避難指示区域外だったが、二人の子供たちの被曝を懸念し２０１１年６月北海道へ自主的に避難。8月に夫も合流し、新しい生活を再建中。以後、原発立地町出身者、自主避難者、両方の立場から積極的に発言をし 日本の国会で参考人として意見を陳述した。札幌にある自主避難者のコミュニティの代表を務める。