We want our children free to play outside without worriyng about radiation, They need recreation but the programs are all full.

Fukushima Poka Poka Project: Children gathering chestnuts

Fishermen are protectors of the ocean.

Fishermen in Fukushima

Media coverage has dropped off. But we still report on Fukushima.

Fukushima Poka Poka Project: Children playing in the snow

Voices of the People

“The nuclear plant took everything…” Kenichi Hasegawa was the local leader of Maeta District of Iitate Village, where even today mountains of bags of contaminated soil stand out. “The nuclear plant took everything. There used to be children here. When the kids were still here, we went to the hills together all the time. We picked many things, taught them all about it, it was natural. We can't do anything like that any more. I mean, even the children are no longer here,” he says.

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Fukushima Mieruka Project

Nine years have passed since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Many people are still suffering.

What did we learn from that disaster?

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the disaster, we need to look back at what happened, ask what is happening now, and think about energy and the future.

Friends of the Earth Japan

Containers filled with contaminated soil from Iitate Village (Fukushima, 2017)

Media interest in the Fukushima nuclear disaster has waned. But you need to know this.

Damage from the nuclear disaster

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Dealing with the aftermath

Cleaning up after the nuclear accident

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Promoting sustainable, renewable energy

Renewable energy supplied 17% of Japan's electricity in 2017. CO2 emissions are dropping due to energy conservation and renewable energy.

Our energy future

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Photo contest

Photo contest

Friends of the Earth Japan has collected photos and messages about the memories around the nuclear accident. We have received 74 photos. Thank you for all of the memorable pictures and the messages. See photos>

Other initiatives

Minna-no Data Site (Everyone's Data Site)

Minna-no Data Site (Everyone's Data Site)

Minna no Data Site launched the "East Japan Soil Bequeral Measurement Project" to collect soil samples from citizens throughout eastern Japan, measure radioactive materials contained in the soil, and integrate and visualize the data. Find out more>

Messages

Cian Ciaran
Musician living in Wales

I thought Fukushima would have been the time for the global community to wake up rather than sleepwalk into a future filled with our mistakes for our kids to fix. Perhaps the covid 19 pandemic will present a similar opportunity for a new beginning and a change we so desperately need. “Normal was rubbish anyway and we can build a better normal can’t we?” said a 12 yr old girl, it's time to implement policy based on social and environmental justice not the widening and deepening of inequality that only entrenches the sense of hopelessness in our communities, stop this madness, end it now, lets get to work.

Aileen Mioko Smith
Environmental activist

I support "Mieruka"! If we can see more, we can support more, and we can participate more. I believe it is very important to make things visible. This is because the less you see, the less you understand, and the more complex things become, the more difficult it is to grasp the situation and offer support. The hardest is when we cannot see, things are concealed, we become isolated, and we become divided. Let' work together around the country with the Mieruka Project to make things more visible for everyone.

Ruiko Mutō
Miharu-machi, Fukushima Prefecture.

FoE Japan's "Fukushima Mieruka Project" enables us to see the reality of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident over the period of 10 years from various angles, with numbers, testimonies, and photos. I think this is a very valuable website that could not have been created without FoE Japan, which has been continuing to visit and be involved with Fukushima ever since the nuclear accident. It will be a great help for us who live in Fukushima to recognize this accident again. Thank you very much for everything.

Norma Field
Professor emeritus of East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago

I was surprised when I saw this new website. Just like being in a bookstore, it grabs one's attention, you reach out and the topics listed makes you want to click to see what's inside. Once it is open, the contents are also very clear. Why does it make that impression? There seems to be something behind it that is hard to put into words. Something that emanates from an attitude of respect and consideration for those who have to live with the harsh reality, for those of us who have to accept that reality, for everyone involved in this project. I think it comes from sincerity. I look forward to see the future of this website that has been created by a sincere campaign to pursue the painful truth.

Sato Taiji
Theatre Brook
Organizer of Nakatsugawa Solar Budokan

This site is amazing! I'm sure it will reach people all over the world.
With pandemics, climate change, the gap between rich and poor, BLM, and the challenges facing humanity, the nuclear power issue is a theme that the Japanese should take the lead in tackling. It is a theme we must not forget. Think about how the children of the future will feel. Children need love. Are we sending the children of the future our love? Are we being careful not to leave them with debt and environmental pollution?
We have responsibilities to the children of the future.
The Fukushima Mieruka Project is fulfilling those responsibilities.

Chihiro
Artist
Lives in Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Born in Kunimi, Fukushima

I was a senior in high school at the time of the accident. Since the accident there had been many times when I couldn't have the courage to face the problem.
However as time goes by, I feel like I’m getting ready to get in touch with the feelings and facts that I couldn't face before.
I feel that the existence of this "Fukushima Mieruka PROJECT" is a bridge that can connect not only people in Fukushima Prefecture but also people all over the world, across generations and occupations, and can think and act together!

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