THE BOOK
Little by little we end up believing what we feel like believing, in other words that the city we love is hospitable.

Haruko BOAGLIO, refugee of Miharu (45 km away from the central)

First release (french) : march 2016
Published by Lutopiquant éditions

Franckushima

Odorless, invisible and flavorless… What is radioactivity?  How does one understand something so fleeting and yet so destructive? Five years after the Fukushima disaster, it all seems settled, commonplace and already forgotten. Franckushima is a graphic essay with a unique journalistic and visual approach. It sheds new light on the Fukushima disaster and nuclear risk in France.
This disaster was a wake-up call. What do we know about the human drama that follows a nuclear disaster? Fact and fiction are powerfully intertwined.
COLLABORATORS
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of those who have collaborated on this project :
Roland DESBORDES

Physician, president of the CRIIRAD (Commission for Independent Research and Information about RADiation)

Cécile ASANUMA-BRICE

Sociologist, researcher at CNRS (French National Scientific Research Centre) and assistant director of the CNRS North Asia office

Wataru IWATA

Founder of CRMS (Citizen’s Radioactivity Measuring Station) in Fuckushima and director of CSRP (Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection)


Michèle RIVASI

Accredited teacher in natural sciences, co-founder of the CRIIRAD (Commission for Independent Research and Information about RADiation), Member of the European Parliament, President of Nuclear Transparency Watch

Haruko BOAGLIO

Evacuated from Miharu (45 km from the Fuckushima-Daiichi central) who now lives in France, member of the Yosomono non-profit organisation

Ruiko MUTO

Resident of Miharu (45 km away from the Fuckushima-Daichii central), president of the collective who is in trial against the responsible people of the accident, president of the groups of volunteer refugees and member of many non-profits organisations

David BOILLEY

Physician, president of ACRO (Association for Radioactivity Control in Western France)

Claude PROUST

Retired jurist, member of the independant collective WHO- Heath and nuclear and “Sortir du nucléaire” (overcoming nuclear)

Keiko COURDY

Director and multimedia artist, director of the web-documentary and movie Au delà du nuage, Yonaoshi 3.11

Ian Thomas ASH

Director, realisor and author of the documentary A2-B-C about health issues following the accident

Alain DE HALLEUX

Filmaker, author of many documentaries about nuclear energy, of witch Récits de Fukushima and Welcome to Fukushima

Julia LESTER et Clarissa SEIDEL

Documentary filmakers, authors of the documentary Radioactivists about the protest in Japan in the spring of 2011.

Kazuma OBARA

Photographer who has met with employees of the central in 2011 and 2012, author of RESET, Beyond Fukushima

Antonio PAGNOTTA

Photographer, journalist and author of Le dernier homme de Fukushima

Kaori YOSHIDA

Resident of Tokyo and involved within many antinuclear movements.

Mc GOBOU

Freeter, former employee of the Fuckushima-Daiichi central

Mayumi YOKOYA

Japanese expat

Alice M.

Franco-Japanese student

Thierry RIBAULT

Sociologist, CNRS

Nguyen KHAC NHAN

Former professor at the INP Grenoble, former business executive at Electricity of France Direction, expert in Nuclear energy in Vietman

Michiko YOSHII

Researcher at the department of international communications at the University of Okinawa


Yuko TONOHIRA

Graphic designer, antinuclear activist

CHAPTERS
PReFACE

Cécile ASANUMA-BRICE
Ruiko MUTO : « Don’t forget about Fukushima ! »

1MARCH 11th 2011

Beginning of a long chain reaction

Brief description of the accident and its resulting issues.

CONTAMINATION

Overview of the radioactive fallout in Japan and the Pacific Ocean.

(NON) EVACUATION OF THE POPULATIONS

In the time immediately following the disaster, how were the evacuations handled? A review of the management of the crisis through the lens of numerous testimonials.

INHABITANTS OF THE FORBIDDEN ZONE

Despite the order to evacuate, many continued to live in the forbidden zone. Commentaries of those who stayed.


THE IMPOSSIBLE DECONTAMINATION

The decontamination process has been ongoing since 2011. Is the decontamination effective ? How is it experienced by those who live there ?

RETURNING TO THE CONTAMINATED AREAS

Is learning to live with radiation exposure the only solution put forward by the authorities ? How was the reopening of the zones managed ?

WHAT IS RADIOACTIVITY ? WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS ?

Basics notions of radioactivity, how radiation exposure affects the body and « acceptable risk ».

CHERNOBYL

30 YEARS OF DENIAL

30 years after this major catastrophe: a reexamination of the official health assessment is compared to the main conclusions of independent studies.

SMILE, YOU’RE IRRADIATED!

What are the health consequences of the Fukushima accident? Doctors and residents give us their point of view.

CITIZEN INITIATIVES 

Organized protests have been active since March 2011. What are the main issues that have been raised ?

IN THE INFERNO OF THE NUCLEAR PLANT

What has been happening at the nuclear plant for the past five years ? Several employees describe the situation.

WILL THERE BE A DISASTER NEAR US, TOMORROW?

It is now widely accepted that there is a great risk of nuclear disaster in France. Are our emergency plans sufficient? Are we prepared for the risks to come?

BOOK RELATED EVENTS AND SUBJECTS

Original panels of Franckushima were shown from the 11th through the 15th of March 2015 at “La parole errante” in Montreuil during the event
La vigne, le bouleau et le cerisier.

 

A special exhibition based on the book will be featured at the former Musée de peinture de Grenoble from the 23rd of March until the 3rd of April 2016 for their “Chernobyl, Fukushima…” event.

 

During the upcoming year, the author will be participating in various events to present Franckushima such as the “26th of April appeal”, an intellectual, artistic, scientific and popular protest against the on-going radioactive contamination of the planet.

Franckushima is supported by the network “Réseau Sortir du nucléaire” (Get rid of nuclear France).

PRESS-KIT

FRANCKUSHIMA
A graphic essay about the Fukushima disaster
and nuclear risk in France

 

256 pages, 21 x 27,6 cm

 

First release (french) : mars 2016

 

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