It has already been two years since the Japan earthquake happened on 11 March 2011. The affected areas are still being rebuilt, and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is still ongoing today. The number of Japanese families who move from Japan to the Netherlands because of this situation is growing.
Why are the Japanese government, big energy companies like TEPCO, and giant mass media not giving us the facts nor telling us the truth? Why is it so problematic not to have nuclear power in Japan?
We could not help wonder what the earthquake and disaster showed us two years ago. Living outside of Japan, we have been baffled by the information reaching us each day via mass media and Internet, and we’re worried about the way Japan conducts herself. The national election last December put the Liberal-Democratic Party (Japan’s most conservative party) back into power and since then a pro-nuclear policy has been pushed forward, even after such a nuclear disaster. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, people who are pro-nuclear are in a minority and the country is rather heading to a future with green energies. The smart grid is further developed, politics and people’s lives are more closely connected, and freedom of speech is better protected than in Japan.
We have many questions about the current situation in Japan. So two years after the earthquake, we intend to come together to think about our future, and to reflect on what has and what hasn’t been done since last year’s Hope Step Japan! We will be remembering the victims of the disaster: the people who lost their lives in the earthquake and tsunami. But we will also re-state the fact that we are the ones who will build our future.
13.00 l Open
13.30 l Presentation Facts not covered by the Japanese Mass-Media
14.00 l Talk Experience through artwork about the disaster in Japan, 2011 by Nishiko and Keiko Sato
14.30 l Kamishibai “The Story of Hans Brinker” Illustrations by Alex de Wolf
15.00 l Presentation Skype talk on Tsunami Debris by Koshiro Yoshida
15.30 l Presentation “Voices of Fukushima now” by Masamichi Watanabe
16.30 l Music “Musica d’amore” by Utako Arakawa (soprano), Asako Ogawa (violin), Ayumi Matsuda (recorder)
17.00 l Talk “Building up a sustainable future” by Ger Baron, Amsterdam Smart City
18.00 l Talk “Moving out Japan” by Mr. Sugiyama
18.50 l Talk “Current Nuclear Climate” by Peer de Rijk, WISE International
19.40 l Dance Performance “Repairing Earthquake project” by Nishiko
Exhibition: “After the earthquake” by Juri Suzuki
Performance: Live Stamping by Masaaki Oyamada
Food: Europe Yakuzen (Medicinal Cooking) food stand
Ustream (Live streaming) by IWJ (Independent Web Journal)