EYE WITNESS REPORT FROM FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN: An Illustrated Presentation by Chiho Kaneko
On Tuesday evening, January 22, at 7:00 pm, in the Parlor of the Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main Street in Brattleboro, Chiho Kaneko of Hartland, Vermont will give a slide show presentation of photographs and speak about her recent trip to Fukushima, Japan, site of the catastrophic nuclear power plant meltdowns that followed the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.
Ms. Kaneko’s talk will focus on the ongoing impact of the crisis on families, communities, and the environment in areas surrounding the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors. She will cover the plight of workers involved in radioactive decontamination efforts; testimonies of people who have evacuated from the town where the reactors are located; what the Japanese media is reporting concerning the crisis; and the tireless efforts of Japanese citizens to seek justice and reparations, address the social and political failures that led to the crisis, and bring about a nuclear-free future for their country.
This will be Ms. Kaneko’s second presentation in Brattleboro. In March 2011, she gave a moving presentation to an audience of 300 people gathered at the River Garden to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.
The event is sponsored by the Safe & Green Campaign, and is being held to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. Admission is free, although contributions to defray the cost of the event will be gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be available.
Chiho Kaneko was born in Japan’s Iwate Prefecture (about 150 miles north of the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors) and graduated from Hokkaido University with a degree in agronomy. In 1993, she moved to the U.S. and became a visual artist, musician, interpreter/translator, and columnist for a Japanese daily newspaper. Her most recent trip to Japan—her fourth since the March 11, 2011, nuclear meltdowns—took place from October 29 to November 11, 2012. Ms. Kaneko is married and lives in Hartland, Vermont.