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Fukushima: learning to live in contaminated territories

Five years ago, the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan experienced an exceptionally severe earthquake, a devastating tsunami and an accident that affected three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Radioactive releases have contaminated vast areas and profoundly affected the lives of people. Should we stay or go? Should we fear for the future of our children? Where to find reliable information on the radioactivity of the territories? Here are some of the questions asked by the population living in the contaminated territories.

Between 2011 and 2015, at the initiative of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and the Japanese ONG Radiation Safety Forum, twelve meetings brought together local stakeholders and experts to discuss the challenges faced by the population. This local approach was supported by IRSN, the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).

The web documentary Kotoba: Dialogues in Fukushima, produced by IRSN and available in three language (English, Japanese and French), keeps alive this experience for the rehabilitation of living conditions in the areas contaminated by the Fukushima accident. Giving voice to the Japanese, it tells the story of four years of dialogue between radiation protection experts and a community of individuals living in Fukushima Prefecture (parents, farmers, teachers, doctors, politicians...) who want above all to regain full control over their lives.


Kotoba, Dialogues in Fukushima: a webmdocumentary by IRSN 

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