The reality of the Fukushima nuclear disaster: Testimony of a dairy farmer, June 11, 2014
Date: June 11, 2014
Location: 3-13-1 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku

Peace Boat's weekly study session will have a very special guest on June 11, with the opportunity to hear from dairy farmer Hasegawa Kenichi from Iitate Village, Fukushima Prefecture.

Iitate Village was totally evacuated following the nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011. Veteran dairy farmer Hasegawa Kenichi was Chair of the Fukushima Prefecture Dairy Farmers Union, and leader of the Maeda DIstrict of Iitate. Yet he was forced to pump and dispose of his cows' milk, and then give up the cows which had been part of his life and livelihood until then. After the population of Iitate was evacuated Mr Hasegawa remained in the village looking after what was left, and recording the situation with photographs and video to give testimony about the reality of the Fukushima disaster.

Mr Hasegawa is now living in temporary housing in Date City, Fukushima Prefecture, and speaks widely about the situation of evacuees .throughout Japan, as well as overseas in Germany, Belgium (at the European Parliament) and Australia (site of uranium mining).

More than three years have passed since the disaster, and yet families remain divided, fields and farms abandoned, and contaminated waste removed as part of the decontamination efforts remains piled up. And yet with no resolution yet in sight for these enormous challenges, the current Japanese Government is moving towards restart of nuclear power plants.

This special talk event, simultaneously translated into English, will be a rare opportunity to hear directly from residents of Fukushima, and together think about the future of Japan and the world.

Date: June 11 (Wed), 2014; 19:00-20:00
Venue: Peace Boat Centre Tokyo (near Takadanobaba Station on the JR Yamanote / Metro Tozai Lines; Map)
Participation fee: 300 yen
Reservations required - contact Peace Boat on 03-3363-8047 or pbglobal(a)peaceboat.gr.jp.