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A counter-history of visuality on the biggest nuclear catastrophe in the 21st century
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Risk communication of the Fukushima disaster. An anthropological approach

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Expert Meeting, 11 June 2014 — Fukushima Global Communication Programme

11 June 2014, Expert Meeting with International Advisors of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority, Fukushima Global Communication Programme. More information ...
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Fukushima 2014: Don't Forget

Three years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe, the Japanese government insists everything is under control. But the real story is very differen...
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The Most Radioactive Places on Earth

The Most Radioactive Places on Earth | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it

Who on Earth is exposed to the most ionizing radiation? Check out Audible: http://bit.ly/AudibleVe I'm filming a documentary for TV about how Uranium and rad...

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Half Life

Half Life | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it

A lamentation of fierce urgency, the latest multimedia production from Cloud Eye Control is an imagistic, visceral work inspired by the nervous fear felt in the wake the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Half Life explores the psychological fallout of global disaster, and how it affects our emotions and imaginations. The Los Angeles-based collaborators— Miwa Matreyek, Anna Oxygen, and Chi-wang Yang —bring their signature mix of projected animation, live performance and music to summon the unseeable forces that govern our collective sense of personal safety and control

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Fukushima: The Next Three Years Symposium

Fukushima: The Next Three Years Symposium | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it
Above: Everything looked great on the huge screen, including Joi Ito Skyping in from MIT to say hello. The “FUKUSHIMA: THE NEXT THREE YEARS” symposium SAFECAST organized in commemoration of the thi...
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Fukushima Workers Concerned About their Safety: “All Sorts of Troubles Going on in Plant, It’s Not Under Control”

Fukushima Workers Concerned About their Safety: “All Sorts of Troubles Going on in Plant, It’s Not Under Control” | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it
The Guardian, Sept. 9, 2014 (emphasis added): Fukushima fallout continues… [There's an] unprecedented attempt by four Fukushima Daiichi workers to sue the utility for unpaid wages… [T]he four men… ...
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The Fukushima Meltdown Made Tokyo a Much Greener City

The Fukushima Meltdown Made Tokyo a Much Greener City | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it
Before the crisis, Tokyo’s buildings emitted 1970s levels of pollution. The nuclear crisis singlehandedly changed that.
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Keine Zeit für Wut – Vier Schicksale zwei Jahre nach «Fukushima»

Keine Zeit für Wut – Vier Schicksale zwei Jahre nach «Fukushima» | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it
Nach dem Erdbeben und dem Tsunami vom 11. März 2011 und der folgenden Havarie im AKW Daiichi in Fukushima berichtete die NZZ aus dem Katastrophengebiet im Nordosten Japans. Zwei Jahre später haben wir die Protagonisten erneut besucht – und sind auf einen Bauern gestossen, der im Sperrgebiet ausharrt.
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Fukushima fallout continues: now cleanup workers claim unpaid wages

Fukushima fallout continues: now cleanup workers claim unpaid wages | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it
Last month Tokyo Electric Power was ordered to pay $500,000 compensation, now workers sue for promised danger money
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Mr.Nakate explains why doctors in Fukushima won't help children

Makorine of Oshidori, a comedienne of Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd. and beginning journalist of News for the People in Japan(NPJ) knew that a young worker in Fuk...
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Blue plastic river at Fukushima

Blue plastic river at Fukushima | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it

NO, that is no a beautiful river rolling through the valley. It is this familiar sight in Fukushima: thousands upon thousands of blue bags full of soil contaminated with tritium, cesium, strontium.... and some of them are beginning to degrade. via Fairewinds

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▶ Keynote #2 - Information Sharing and Communication for Recovery in Fukushima

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Sharing a Disaster with Others: Contemporary Japanese Art and the Utopian Promise of Tohoku

Sharing a Disaster with Others: Contemporary Japanese Art and the Utopian Promise of Tohoku | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it
In May 2011 the Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, held an exhibition titled  The Group 1965 – We are Boys!. The  contemporary Japanese artists included were born in the mid-1960s, making them a generation who had only known the peace and prosperity of postwar Japan. This, however, was ruptured by the Tohoku triple disaster of March 2011, which made seismic impact on Japanese society and culture.
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Half Life - work in progress studio tests

Here's a short clip of what we're working on in studio for our latest project, Half Life, which is set to have it's world premiere at REDCAT in January of 2015.…
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welcome to the Chulhucene: Panasonic to reuse Fukushima factory as vegetable factory

welcome to the Chulhucene: Panasonic to reuse Fukushima factory as vegetable factory | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it
On 1/9/2015, Panasonic announced they are going to reuse Fukushima factory as vegetable plant. The Fukushima factory used to manufacture digital camera. Having the sales of digital camera rapidly drop,
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Japanese monkeys' abnormal blood linked to Fukushima disaster – study

Japanese monkeys' abnormal blood linked to Fukushima disaster – study | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it
Primates in Fukushima region found to have low white and red blood cell levels and radioactive caesium
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Tokyo is Already Preparing for a Disaster at the 2020 Olympics

Tokyo is Already Preparing for a Disaster at the 2020 Olympics | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it
Two years ago, it was announced that in 2020, Tokyo will host the Olympic Games once again. But it seems that in the 56 years since the city’s last Olympics, optimism and ambition has been replaced with pragmatism and fear. The change in tone was palpable in an interview Tokyo’s 65-year-old governor, Yochi Masuzoe, gave to Reuters in February. “There are so many challenges [leading up to 2020], but my highest priority is the possibility of a disaster,” said Masuzoe. “We have already begun so as to have the perfect disaster prevention and mitigation plan.”
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Interesantes las omisiones.

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In Tokyo’s “Disaster Parks” Residents Play on Good Days and Cheat Death on Bad Ones

In Tokyo’s “Disaster Parks” Residents Play on Good Days and Cheat Death on Bad Ones | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it
The parks have buried food, solar chargers and benches that turn into cook stoves.
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Interesantes aquí las omisiones.

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Drive of the Month: Safecasting Daiichi again (and again...)

Drive of the Month: Safecasting Daiichi again (and again...) | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it
Above: The Safecast Mac OSX app app map zoomed into the Fukushima Daiichi area after the most recent upload of data from inside the plant boundaries. The OSX and iOS maps allow the color scale to b...
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Japan’s Next Nuclear Emergency Will Be Crowdsourced

Japan’s Next Nuclear Emergency Will Be Crowdsourced | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it
“If the wind had just blown towards Tokyo for a couple of days…” says Brown, thinking back to March 11. “If it had happened,” he says, “and Safecast had existed back then, and we told people… I really wonder…” He stops, reflecting on how the city might have reacted to live information about an approaching radioactive cloud. The chaos that might have ensued would have “made it impossible to evacuate Tokyo,” he says. “We were just very lucky that didn’t happen.”
Pablo de Soto's insight:

Un texto muy agudo sobre catástrofe y ciencia ciudadana. Sobre los desafíos del conocimiento abierto y la complejidad de lo que sería una "gestión ciudadana de una crisis radiologica". Es un asunto que parece de ciencia ficción, reactores nucleares explotando, gobierno ni mega-corporación informan de la radiación, ciudadanos publicando mapas de los contaminantes...

En esencia, creo que alumbra la necesidad ya empirica de pensar que sería una "institución del común" que ejerciera como foco fiable de evaluación y analisis en el caso de una catástrofe. O seguir en el modo actual, donde la economía política de la catástrofe es decidida en la oscuridad por la unión corporacióon y gobierno central, sin la ciudadanía ni los gobiernos locales. Como apunta el artículo, la emergencia de Safecast y otros grupos de ciencia ciudadana inauguran un nuevo escenario de cierto empoderamiento bottom up, al menos en el know how del analisis de los riesgos... para el que probablemente precisamos ya de nuevas instituciones.

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In a gym in Hirono, on 8 June 2011, former residents of the exclusion zone are briefed before an escorted visit to their homes to retrieve a few small items

In a gym in Hirono, on 8 June 2011, former residents of the exclusion zone are briefed before an escorted visit to their homes to retrieve a few small items | Visualizing Fukushima | Scoop.it

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The Legacy of Robert Jungk. Tomorrow is Already Here: Is It Too Late?

Robert Junk was born in Berlin in 1913 to Austrian Jewish parents, arrested at age 19 for anti-Nazi activities, after which he was somehow released.  After two years studying in Paris, he returned to Germany to start an underground press service, but had to flee again, this time to Czechoslovakia to start yet another press service.  When Prague fell, he continued to work in Paris, and when that fell, he worked in Switzerland, where he was arrested, because the Swiss authorities considered literary activity by refugees from Hitlerism to be harmful to neutrality.  An American friend gained his release and he became a correspondent for the London Observer and earned his PhD in modern history at Zurich University.  He became an American citizen in 1950.

Jungk said: “My most important aim is to work towards the humanization of modern technology.” His writing, whether of complicated science, or of people, it is clear, comprehensible, and fascinating.  His skill with and appreciation of modern history is very evident.

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Unbelievable Comment by Mr. Yamashita

Makorine of Oshidori, a comedienne of Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd. and beginning journalist of News for the People in Japan(NPJ) knew that a young worker in Fuk...
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