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3.11: Surviving Japan (2013)

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The True Story of an American Volunteer that lived through and witnessed the 2011 Japanese Fukushima Nuclear disaster cover-up.


(as Chris Noland)
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Credited cast:
Christopher Noland ...
Christopher Noland (as Chris Noland)
Kouichi Oyama ...
Councilman Oyama
Helen Caldicott ...
Dr. Helen Caldicott (archive footage)
Mike Connolly ...
Mike Connolly
Katsunobu Sakurai ...
Mayor Sakurai of MinamiSoma
Terabe Hayato ...
Hayato Terabe
Hiroshi Abe ...
Abe Hiroshi
Toshikazu Takahashi ...
Toshikazu Takahashi
Keisaiyo Kudo ...
Keisaiyo Kudo
Kimiaki Toda ...
Mayor Toda of Ofunato
Cham Dallas ...
Prof. Cham Dallas
Ryusei Nihei ...
Ryusei Nihei
Yuto Nihei ...
Yuto Nihei
Ruiko Muto ...
Ruiko Muto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yumie Keller


Inside story of 2011 Japanese Tsunami relief & Fukushima nuclear disaster. A critical look at how the authorities handled the nuclear crisis and Tsunami relief by an American who volunteered in the clean-up. It is in short, a documentary of the devastating events in Japan and 6 months of the after-math that followed. It features true stories from those affected by the disaster, the government and even TEPCO. It highlights the struggle in dealing with: The Tsunami clean-up, Government response to the disaster, radiation plus the future of nuclear power after the accident. Written by Chris Noland

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Natural Disaster. Man Made Catastrophe.



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11 March 2013 (Japan)  »

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Surviving Japan: After the Disaster  »

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'Yoko Ono (I)', contributed her song title "Kurushi" to the Film soundtrack. See more »


Written by Ono, Yoko (I)
Performed by Yoko Ono
Published by Ono Music
(c) Ono, Yoko (I)
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A must-see film
10 July 2012 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

3.11: Surviving Japan is an eye opening movie which uncovers a post 3.11 story which has remained untold in Japan and the throughout the world. In portraying the reality that people living in affected areas face, the film touches on a variety of different topics which force viewers to reflect on their lives and how things most people take for granted (electricity, government protection, access to safe food, etc.) could suddenly change during a disaster scenario. Who can we trust to ensure our safety on the one fateful day that a disaster takes place? And if we do trust the government and the big corporations, does the bureaucracy allow them to provide adequate disaster relief to those in need?

In viewing the film, one cannot help to experience the emotions felt by the women in evacuation centers, mothers who cannot let their children play outside due to fears of radiation, the people who were abandoned by the government and not allowed into an evacuation center, people who lost their hometowns and wait in contaminated areas because they know of no other place to live. The film shows the ripple effects of man-made nuclear accidents and the minuscule power of the human race in trying to clean up such a mess. This film provides a warning to people around the world: we must reevaluate our energy consumption needs and move away from dangerous energy-producing technologies that have the potential to cause such widespread destruction.

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