Fukushima Radioactive Zone (F.R.Z) : Social and Environmental Mutation
Following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant underwent a series of equipment failures and nuclear meltdowns, resulting in the release of large amounts of radioactive materials. Consequently, those living near the power plant were forced to evacuate their homes and currently live in temporary housing in Minamisoma just outside the 30 km recommended evacuation zone.
The drastic situation in Fukushima exposed decades of government laxity and cover-ups. Government ministries and TEPCO, along with a whole series of safety violations, some of them severe, that were hushed up or down-played. The government and TEPCO broke the basic principles of ‘wa,’ ‘kao,’ and ‘omoiyari’ by turning a blind eye to the glaring problems at the Fukushima power plant (which means: “harmony”, “personal pride”, and “empathizing with others”).