Thursday, March 1, 2012

BBC Video: "Fukushima child's playtime starts with a fallout check"

The girl, who evacuated from the no-entry zone in Fukushima, speaks in a plain language with a disarming smile.

She and her father play kicking a ball (she looks like a great kicker) on a parking lot, where the surface radiation of asphalt is 0.8 microsievert/hour. It is still much better than the wooded park nearby. Her young father has a pained look on his face as the girl reads her diary.

"It makes me angry", said a friend after watching the video, "that the girl has to stay there".

Go to this link to view the video:


Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful child. Such a tired looking father. She does have a great kick. We are all so helpless and miserable.

Anonymous said...

I watched this documentary last night and found it to be deeply moving. These children have been forced to deal with issues that no child should have to confront.

The Tsunami was a tradegy, Fukushima was a crime. As a species, we've really screwed it up - scattering these poison-generators on our lands.

If mankind wasn't so suicidal, we would decommision all reactors worldwide, then make them a taboo subject.

I take cold comfort from knowing that the children of these greed-consumed humans who spread these monstrous devices amongst us, will perish with the rest of us, should our economies collapse and these hungry beasts not be fed electricity to stop them from becomming uncontrollable.

Chibaguy said...

I do not know what to say other than we live in a fucked up world. Nothing against anon above but taking comfort in the demise of any child is wrong. I would rather their parents be dragged off to prison and the children given the right to chose a better direction for the future.

I only had to watch this clip once, as a father of three I can see exactly what this father is thinking when he hears his daughter speaking about radiation. His eyes say this - "why does my daughter need to know about this at such a young age and how in the world can I help her when the world at large is ignoring us?" I tell you, it is as helpless as a parent can be.

Anonymous said...

@ Chiba - what I mean't to convey in my post above yours is that I have come to the conclusion that the people responsible for building these reactors are truly insane. They are not thinking of the future of their own families. I honestly don't condone the death of any innocent, and all children are just that - innocent. That film made me cry last night. Japan is in trauma and no one is helping them. Disgusted with humanity.

Anonymous said...

What deeply angers me is that children should not have to live in these high radiation zones. It is a crime that the government and TEPCO have not given these families money to relocate. The value of the yen is at an all time high. Why doesn't the government simply print some more money so that these families can flee the high radiation areas? This is truly a crime against humanity. What I don't understand about it is that this is Japan - a developed nation. I don't get it.

Atomfritz said...

This video made me really sad...

When I was young I enjoyed playing in the forests with other children. It was wonderful.
Today it is so rare to see children playing outside, so many parents keep their children at home in fear of car accidents. It's like animals living in cages. This is no life.

Isn't it wonderful to enjoy nature? Lying in the forests, watching the sky through the forest ceiling?
Experiencing the animals' and plants' realm?
With all this forbidden - it's a degenerated life, like in prison. I could cry.

That little girl lost its childhood due to the profit greed of the nuclear criminals. Millions other unnamed children are forced to become mature as child. I could rage at the soullessness of the ruthless selfish "developed" materialists who are willing to sacrifice their descendants' lives and happiness for their pecuniary greed...

(Sorry for my emotional wording)

Anonymous said...

Atomfritz, one hundred percent agreement.

By the way, the link is only to that clip about Ayaka.

The whole programme itself is very, very moving.

Note, the BBC holds programmes for up to 30 days to be accessed by its "iPlayer" system; however, this is available only to IP addresses registered to the UK IP space (hint: as are UK-located http proxy servers (as I have been informed)).

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