[ RadSafe ] They are suggesting that this video be shown all over the world “NUCLEAR JAPAN”
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Wed Jun 1 16:20:27 CDT 2016
Just wanted to make you aware of this video, which may be shown very
widely, possibly even in theaters.
Why don’t you have a video-showing event of “NUCLEAR JAPAN” in your country?
Almost in one year, this film has been shown to more than 70,000
people, and there have been held more than a thousand voluntary
movie-showing events since “NUCLEAR JAPAN” was released in November
2014. It has been also presented at many courtrooms as evidence to get
a bird’s-eye view of all the issues of nuclear power in order to halt
nuclear power plants whole Japan.
If you are planning to have a video-showing event of “Nuclear Japan”
(2h 15m), please send an application form to eiga at nihontogenpatsu.com.
It may take time for international shipping, please apply well in
advance. Thank you!
This movie strives to provide
a complete picture of nuclear power in Japan.
NUCLEAR JAPAN is a documentary film directed by a 70-year-old lawyer
with remarkable record of winning very high-profile cases who
elucidates the controversial issue of nuclear power industry in Japan.
On March 11th, 2011, a massive earthquake hit East Japan, which caused
a catastrophic accident in Tokyo Electric Fukushima No.1 nuclear power
plant. Radioactive materials were released from its four nuclear
reactors, and they have contaminated the people’s land as well as
ocean. Today, the effort to clean up the radioactive materials is
still ongoing, only too little effect.
The film takes you back to a few hours after the earthquake on March
11th, to the shore of Namie Township, 7 kilometers north of Fukushima
No.1 nuclear power plant. The local fire brigade in Namie is
desperately searching for missing persons swept away by the disastrous
tsunami. However, the next morning on the 12th, the question starts to
rise for the possible dissemination of radioactive material. The
Japanese government consequently declares the area within 10
kilometers from the Fukushima nuclear power plant as an evacuation
zone. As a result, the fire brigade in Namie Township is forced to
give up the search…
A month after the earthquake, the search for missing persons resumed.
During the search, more than 180 bodies were found along the shore of
If it weren’t for the nuclear accident, most of those lives could have
There was one lawyer who had been actively voicing the absurdity and
danger of Japanese nuclear power – Hiroyuki Kawai. Kawai has been
fighting in many legal battles to halt nuclear power plants in Japan
for over 20 years. Ever since the crisis at Fukushima No.1 power
plant, his fight has been fueled by even more drive and dedication.
Then, Kawai had a thought. What if he makes a movie about this issue?
If he wants the public to understand the complicated issues of nuclear
power, literature has its limits. Also, all the coverage by Japanese
media has been biased. Only by providing the visual and giving the
objective view, he can communicate the true absurdity and inhumanity
of the nuclear power in Japan.
With the help of another lawyer Yuichi Kaido, Kawai’s old ally who
also has been fighting in nuclear power plant lawsuits, Kawai
completed this documentary film, NUCLEAR JAPAN.
The film not only features the interviews of many experts, a number of
facts and evidences, but it also brings to light the immense pain of
the people have been suffering from the nuclear crisis. NUCLEAR JAPAN
is now being presented as evidence in many lawsuits to halt nuclear
power plants all over Japan.
This film is the ultimate nuclear power documentary that takes you on
a journey to grasp all the issues of nuclear power in a factual,
objective way, and eventually, a journey to find a hope.
Protecting the environment of the planet
as an advocate for future generations;
especially from nuclear disasters
is Kawai’s very purpose.
Hiroyuki Kawai, a lawyer and a filmmaker, was born in Northeast China,
Manchuria, in 1944. Kawai graduated from the University of Tokyo,
Faculty of Law in 1968, and has been practicing law since 1970. In
2014, he made a directorial debut with a documentary film NUCLEAR
Today he holds various titles including; President of Sakura Kyoudo
Law Offices, Chairman of The Support Group for Japanese War Orphans
Left in China Obtaining Japanese Nationality, Head Director of
Philippine Nikkei-jin Legal Support Center, and Representative Auditor
of Institute of Sustainable Energy Policies.
Kawai is also a representative of National Federation of Lawyers
Against Nuclear Power as well as The Complainants for Fukushima
Nuclear Disaster Criminal Prosecution legal team. He is the lead
lawyer of the legal team for Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant Suspension
Lawsuit and Tokyo Electric Executives Criminal Responsibility Lawsuit.
He is also a part of Ohi, Takahama, Sendai Nuclear Power Plants
Provisional Suspension Lawsuit legal team.
His motto is–
If you give 100%, you can achieve almost anything.
If you give 100%, you will find anything enjoyable.
If you give 100%, somebody will offer you their hand.
“To share the idea of nuclear zero nationwide,
we need a movie.”
Kawai became involved with lawsuits against nuclear power plants from 1994.
The first suit concerned use of MOX fuel in the Fukushima No.1 Reactor
3 plant that exploded in March 2011.
This suit failed, as have many more since that time.
Ever a shrewd lawyer, Kawai was losing his passion to continue such
lawsuits just before the Fukushima accident.
The Great East Japan Earthquake rekindled this passion and Kawai has
said “I will never give it up. I will continue lawsuits against
nuclear plants until nuclear power is eradicated from Japan”.
As part of this process, Kawai decided to make a movie.
Explaining this, he said “in a democracy, a fair legal process is
obviously important to protect our rights, especially for minority
Lawsuits in a democracy functions as safety valves.
Justice is justice. I shall stand up to protect life and Japan in
courts, even if I would be alone.
But to share the idea of nuclear zero nationwide, we need a movie”.
Nuclear accidents strike at the very foundation of our lives.
Economics, culture, art, education, justice, welfare,
frugal and fancy living alike – everything is turned on its head.
Ignorance of nuclear power’s dangers renders every
enterprise meaningless, even irresponsible.
We have come to realize this.
What matters now is what we will do about it.
Nuclear Japan Official Trailer
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