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【Day 2 Report】 With Love from the DRR Conference – 5

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This is the 5th update of “With Love from the DRR Conference” where we deliver the voices of UNWDRR participants and panelists.
Ms. Hatsue Munekata and Ms. Shoko Yamazaki filled the sketchbook with their message : “The Fukushima nuclear accident is an essential theme of disaster discussions. I hope to share my Fukushima nuclear accident experience nationwide. Let’s build a shelter at school basements. Let’s have Geiger counters!”

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The two are in charge of the Fukushima booth, a part of the “Aomori/Iwate/Fukushima Booth” which introduces the three prefectures’ gender equality initiatives among others. This is held at the Thematic Pavilion “Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction” at L-Park Sendai.
Radiation cannot be seen or smelled and so we can’t know how dangerous the situation is.
Radiation is spread throughout the country by wind. Nuclear issue is not limited to Fukushima.
In the US, based on the experience of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, especially in the 80 kilometer radius, it is recommended to have Geiger counters to measure radiation dose.
Also in Germany, there are underground shelters in schools and hospitals as counterterrorism measures and in preparation for disasters.

 “Was there a place people could run to in Japan?”
 “The nuclear accident is a human-caused disaster. We should not bracket it together with natural disasters like earthquake and tsunami but should look at it one by one,” the two emphasized with passion.

 

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 “Once again, we were convinced that we should not forget – the stars we saw that night…” is the message from Ms. Etsuko Tanno and Ms. Fusako Matsuzawa.

 On the 14th, the opening day of the UNWDRR, the two took part in the “Reading Group – That day, that time, my memories –“ held at L-Park Sendai. After seeing the play, they say that they remembered the “stars being unusually beautiful that night”. Four years have gone by but they say “we once again felt that we should not forget the difficulties and sorrow of the Great East Japan Disaster”.

 

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Ms. Nahomi Adachi of a theater group “Gekidan Mugi” and Mr. Kazuto Hiroda of “Gekidan Yami-nabe” simply wrote “connecting with people”.

The two appeared in “The Memories of the Great East Japan Disaster ‘Reading Group – That day, that time, my memories–‘”.
 
 “As was depicted in the show, we feel there are more occasions to get to know people since the disaster”. A lot of the theater friends who appeared in the show were people who got acquainted after the disaster. Looking back on the past four years, they say that it was not all struggles but also positive changes such as the spread of “connecting with people”.

 

<Reporter>
Saki Miura, sophomore at Yamagata University
Eiki Obara, sophomore at Yamagata University

 

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