Thursday, March 8th: Fukushima 3.11: After 1 Year

Fukushima 3.11: After 1 Year
Institute for Public Knowledge (20 Cooper Square, 5th Fl., Manhattan)
Free, photo id required

Join us for an opening of an exhibition featuring 48 photographs depicting the historical disaster in Fukushima, Japan by Ryuichi Hirokawa and Takashi Morizumi. It will remain on view at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge through May 31, 2012. The show is presented by Hiroko Goto of the Japan-based NGO Human Rights Now and Professor of Law at Chiba University in Tokyo.

On March 11, 2011 the earthquake and tsunami which occurred in Eastern Japan caused tremendous damage and resulted in numerous deaths. This earthquake also caused serious damage the TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, exacerbating the disaster. Due to the damage at the power plant, it has been estimated that the amount of radioactive materials released is over 168 times that which was released by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, and has created serious contamination across a broad area of Eastern Japan. Due to the evacuation orders issued to the people living in the vicinity, people lost their land, farms, beloved animals, and livelihoods. Moreover, it caused serious risks to people’s rights to life, health, and livelihood, and put in particular danger expecting mothers, infants, children and the young — those most vulnerable to harm from radiation.