Lectures & Presentations | Hope Step Japan! 2013

13.30 l Presentation & Exhbition “Two years since the Earthquake -Facts not covered by the Japanese Mass-Media-”

HSJ accusation team will show the archive about how media released and unreleased Fukushima issue. There will be a visual presentation and presentation on stage from 13:30. One of the lessons we’ve learned from the last year is the importance of seeking the facts by ourselves instead of depending on media. Our fault is in disregarding the past and repeating the same mistake that already occurred in the Chernobyl disaster.

14.00 l Talk Experience through artwork about the disaster in Japan, 2011 by Nishiko and Keiko Sato

Keiko Sato and Nishiko are two Japanese artists based in the Netherlands and currently working on art works concerning ’3.11′, the disaster that happened in Japan on March 11th, 2011. In the talk “Experience through artwork about the disaster in Japan, 2011” from 14:00, Keiko and Nishiko will question each other about the meanings behind the artworks presented, conflicts within themselves about making artworks on the disaster, and how they relate to the current circumstances and the post-disaster period as artists living outside of Japan.

15:00 l Skype talk on Tsunami Debris by Mr. Yoshida

Mr. Yoshida is an artisan who thatches roofs in Japan. He was stricken by strange symptoms that he had never had before but which coincided with the incineration of tsunami debris being done around him. He continued to evacuate from these areas like a chased animal. His symptoms were not diagnosed as having any relation to the incineration of the debris; in fact, nobody could tell him the cause of these symptoms. However, the possibility cannot be denied that people could be developing ‘symptoms that relate to radioactive materials or other pollutants from the incineration.’ We would like to think about why the incineration of tsunami debris is allowed to continue, the ‘safety’ promised by the Japanese government, and the society that accepts the incineration.

17:00 l Talk “Building up a sustainable future” by Ger Baron, Amsterdam Smart City

Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) is a unique partnership between businesses, authorities, research institutions and the people of Amsterdam. Together, our goal is to develop the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area into a smart city. We focus on the themes of living, working, mobility, public facilities and open data. We have invited Ger Baron from ASC to Hope Step Japan as a guest speaker. Ger is cooperating with Smart grid projects in four cities in Japan. He has visited Fukushima and has connections with entrepreneurs in Japan. He will talk about ASC projects, their achievements so far and possible Smart grid development in Japan, the issues involved, and make comparisons between cases in the Netherlands and Japan.

18:00 l Talk: “Moving out Japan” by Mr. Sugiyama

When the earthquake hit Japan, Mr. Sugiyama let his wife and seven years old son evacuate to Nagoya. The family returned to Tokyo after a while, where they came to realize that there was a striking difference in degrees of interest about radiation risks among people. Mr. Sugiyama, who was running a restaurant business, slowly discovered that there were food products in the supply chain that were contaminated with radiation. As the safety of school meals could no longer be trusted, his son began to take his own lunch. However, the school prohibited students from bringing their own food, since his classmates were against it. Not only was it difficult for Mr. Sugiyama to protect his son’s health, it became apparent that the number of people going on with their life as if it were not affected by radiation was growing. In such an environment, Mr. Sugiyama felt that he could not protect his family nor safeguard the health and future of his children. Rather than re-evacuating, the Sugiyama family emigrated to the Netherlands, where Mr. Sugiyama had lived previously. He is currently self-employed, and will talk about how the current situation in Japan was the main impulse for his family’s emigration.