Fukushima Mother Testimony in NYC

Abolition 2000 NY Metro Presents a “Special Report Back from Rio+ 20 and Fukushima”

June 21st 2012, in NYC

SD, 37min 34secs, in Japanese with English Interpretation

“I grew up with financial benefits from Nuclear Power,” says Takako Shishido. She and her family of four fled to the northernmost island of Hokkaido from Fukushima to escape from the radioactive contamination caused by the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Disaster that began last March. Like many others, her family receives little to no financial support from the government.

Speaker Bio, Takako Shishido:
Born in 1972 in Tomioka, the hosting town of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. At the time of the disaster, she was living in the city of Date, 50km north-west of the stricken plant. Although she was outside of the exclusion zone set by the state, she decided to voluntarily relocate to Hokkaido with her two children in June 2011. Since her husband joined them two months later, the Shishido’s are rebuilding their lives in the new environment. Shishido has also been raising voices both as a former local member of nuclear town, and as a voluntary evacuee from Fukushima. She has spoken as a witness for the national diet hearing. She currently organizes a Sapporo-based community group of evacuees who fled from radiation.

Videographed & Edited by East River Films Inc, Cinema Forum Fukushima