Preparing For the Worst

vol. 1/5, Why Can’t They Relocate? Fukushima’s Dilemma

Kazumi WATANABE, Mammy Z Tummy Project For Fukushima
Interpreter: Rachel Clark

HD, 25 min 39 sec, in Japanese with English Interpretation

~Why Can’t They Relocate? Fukushima’s Dilemma~

What are the political, social, cultural, and financial factors that keep many families remain in Fukushima after the nuclear accident in 2011?

WHAT: Attorneys of a Tokyo-based international human rights organization and a founder of a temporary rescue facility for Fukushima families and children with disability or illness will speak about how the lives of local citizens were affected by the ongoing nuclear crisis in Fukushima. They will analyze how political, social, cultural and financial factors played important roles in keeping many families in contaminated areas in Fukushima, and discuss how civil societies could support and protect citizens in affected areas after a nuclear disaster. A short film of “recreation projects” in Japan — grassroots projects to provide short-term recreation opportunities in less contaminated areas for families with children to reduce accumulated dosage of radiation — will be shown. A discussion session with audience will follow after presentations.

WHERE: ING Direct Café at 968 3rd Avenue (58th St.), 2nd Fl, NY, NY 10155‎

WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2012, 7PM-9PM.

WHO: Ms. Kazumi Watanabe, Mammy z Tummy Project for Fukushima, Japan; Satoshi Nishida, Esq., Human Rights Now; Mari Inoue, Esq., Human Rights Now.

BACKGROUND: A year and a half after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there are still many families with children who live in highly contaminated areas for various reasons even if they are concerned about the health effects from radiation exposure. Many citizens are struggling financially and unable to relocate to outside of Fukushima without a proper assistance from the government. Fukushima families’ unique ties with neighbors, relatives and friends in their communities sometimes prevent them to evacuate from contaminated areas. Some families with members who have a disability or chronic illness do not have capacity to relocate to a new community. In order to assist those families from highly contaminated areas in Fukushima, many Japanese nonprofit organizations and grassroots organizations established “hoyo projects” or recreation projects to provide them with temporary group homes, so that their children could enjoy short-term recreation opportunities in less contaminated areas while reducing their accumulated dosage of radiation. However, these projects are now facing challenges.

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: HUMAN RIGHTS NOW: Human Rights Now (HRN) is an international NGO based in Tokyo with more than 700 members, composed of lawyers, scholars and journalists. HRN dedicates itself to the protection and promotion of human rights. To raise awareness of the situation in Fukushima after the nuclear accident, HRN organized a human rights forum in March 2012 at the UN Church Center in conjunction with the 56th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Mothers and children who were evacuated from Fukushima spoke about the great and ongoing disruption of their lives. Our goal is to inform the international community about the ongoing crisis and advocate for the protection of communities in Japan.

IN COOPERATION WITH: MAMMY Z TUMMY PROJECT FOR FUKUSHIMA: Mammy z Tummy for Fukushima is a grassroots organization established in 2011 after the nuclear accident in Fukushima. The organization provides a temporary rescue facility in a relatively less contaminated area in Fukushima to support families who are unable to evacuate or participate in recreation projects outside of Fukushima due to their children’s disability or illness.

More information, please visit Cinema Forum Fukushima website:

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