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Mar 12, 2014 - Film Screening and Talk Show - Yuigon (The Will): If Only There Were No Nuclear Power Plants

Japan is now preparing to mark the third anniversary since the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. Peace Boat will participate in various events and memorials held both in the disaster-affected areas and in Tokyo.

Amongst these will be the premiere screening of a film following citizens of Fukushima, "Yuigon (The Will): If Only There Were No Nuclear Power Plants." Created by long time Peace Boat guest educator and photojournalist Toyoda Naomi, this film begins the very day following the disaster, recording the next 800 days in a 3 hour, 45 minute special documentary. Its title is taken from the words left by Fukushima dairy farmer Kanno Shigekiyo, written on the wall of his cattle shed as part of his last will ("yuigon") before committing suicide, unable to cope with his regret and loss of livelihood.

The film is screening daily at 12:20 between March 8-14, 2014 at Theater Pole-Pole in Higashi-Nakano, Tokyo (details in Japanese here). A special English language screening will be held on March 12 (Wednesday), followed by a talk by Peace Boat Director Yoshioka Tatsuya. Contact Peace Boat for more information in English, or see the Yuigon website here.
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