Back to Fukushima University’s wonderful library! I go there now regularly. It’s not hard to go there like when my son was younger, when it was impossible.
I have posted this before, but they have SO MANY books on the 3/11 disaster. (For those of you who don’t know, March 11 was the date of the BIG earthquake off the coast of Tohoku.) They seem to buy up pretty much every book that comes out on the topic. Most are in Japanese, but some, like in the following photo, are in English:
I wish I had seen this before I bought “Strong in the Rain” on my kindle. That one is worth reading.
Found this in the kids’ section of the 3/11 area. I am fairly sure it is self-published.
It’s not a horrible book. Not 100% professional looking, but still not horrible.
This book is worth reading.
It’s in English and Japanese, and about the disaster. Here is a quote comparing the Onagawa nuclear power plant to the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
“Onagawa is famous for having a nuclear power plant. Tohoku Electric Power Company built three plants there. Unlike Tokyo Electric Power Company with its Fukushima plant, this company took the region’s earthquake and tsunami history seriously and designed plants under strict safety standards, including placing them on a hill. Onagawa’s tsunami height was almost the same as Fukushima’s but the tsunami didn’t reach the plant fatally, and fortunately its power lines didn’t go down.
“This success may be partly due to Tohoku (literally North East Japan) people’s ingrained caution. Onagawa plant was built by Tohoku people, for Tohoku people, and in Tohoku. The people of Tohoku sometimes value prudence more than rationality. It is a good contrast to the Tokyo company that built plants for Tokyo people in another Tohoku Prefecture, Fukushima.”
I (we speak Japanese and English) venture to say that the reason the Fukushima nuclear power plant was shoddy was because the Tokyo makers didn’t live near it and therefore didn’t give a rat’s ass about safety.
Okay, here is another unrelated quote:
“However, in the world’s eye, the disaster is solely focused on Fukushima, and many people do not realize that the largest number of deaths occured in Miyagi Prefecture. It is important to me as someone who has lived in the USA….that people should know more about the story of Miyagi, that people should remember Miyagi and not just Fukushima.”
Fukushima is not FAMOUS and REMEMBERED. It is INFAMOUS and VILLIFIED. I can’t venture what the average American (or Swedish person or South African or Thai, etc.) thinks about 3/11. Most likely they are like “Didn’t some fucked up shit happen over there in Japan? Yeah, in Tokyo, that was it. That huge wave just sucked everything up. Fucked up shit.” And that’s probably all they know. They don’t know what or who Tohoku is, what or who Miyagi is, and they probably are like “Fukushima—that’s the most fucked up of all. That’s where that nuclear shit went down.”
If you want to be remembered, then write the books (and the above book really is lovely) and write the blogs and make the movies and don’t let people forget. I write about Fukushima and not Miyagi because I hardly have been in Miyagi and have no connection to it. Fukushima is what I know. So please….don’t get jealous over our notoriety!
All the deaths that occurred in Miyagi Prefecture should of course be remembered, but Fukushima is not preventing those deaths from being remembered. We are NOT the enemy.