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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 07:37 PM

Photojournalist essay - Fukushima 360

Fukushima - the fog of silence above the country of the rising sun
Today, two of the remaining 50 nuclear reactors in Japan are up and running again, although the country is facing the high probability of a new, strong earthquake every day. Stronger than ever, the general question of nuclear energy shows up: At what point do the risks of a technology become socially unacceptable?

Maybe the following 360-degree view of every day life in Japan after the Fukushima melt-downs will help to answer this question ...


Together with my Japanese co-author, Mr. Kazuhiko Kobayashi, I traveled more than 2,500 miles through Japan and shot more than 17,000 photos on our attempt to better understand the two nuclear catastrophies that happened in this country - the atomic bombs and the core melts in Fukushima. We had the chance to interview 87 people whose lives have been irreversibly impacted by the nuclear catastrophy in Fukushima.

And I gained one major insight: Fukushima is the biggest experiment ever on the effects of ionizing radiation on human beings and nature at all.

Koriyama: As with all official measuring posts checked by me (37 of 1,341) this one also shows a value almost 50% too low compared to my calibrated Geiger counter.

Dial up warning for the link to the complete photo essay


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