The aim of this symposium is to discuss the experience of young victims who evacuated from the Fukushima nuclear accident at the age of elementary school, and how they created their own perspective about it these ten years. This program is conducted by the collaboration between young victims and Waseda university students of the same age.
Mr. Matsuki Kamoshita has been claiming the various problems around nuclear power technology. He claims that nuclear power fundamentally holds life-threatening risk and that it is also highly questionable as an efficient energy supplier. After this symposium, he pointed out twomain significance of this project. The reality of the Fukushima victimsʼ experiences and opinions had been acknowledged by various audiences of diverse backgrounds. And, the painful experiences that victims could not talk about by themselves were conveyed to participants through Waseda university students as they spoke for them. Ms. Yurika Abe has experienced repeated evacuation.
Although she had an inner conflict about what she should talk about before attending this symposium, she reflected on what she could do now through the dialogue with other panelists. Ms. Yumi Kato was separated from her own relatives and close friends during the evacuation process.
She is emotionally encouraged by encountering the younger generation in the same evacuation status. Ms. Hana Unuma has experienced discrimination and bullying as a result of forced evacuation. She said “never repeat the same tragedy”. She insisted on the needs of personalized official psycho-social care after disasters. Mr. Yuri Tomitsuka pointed out that this exchange greatly contributed to keeping the “memories of Tohoku earthquake and Fukushima disaster” and stated that we need to record, remember, and inherit the “narratives” of the people concerned.
This symposium can contribute to the future resolution of social inequality and division. The dialogues created by young students will break through this complicated modern world which holds massive disasters and wars.
福島原発事故10 年の経験から学ぶ―当時小学生だった若者達との対話から― シンポジウム『復興の人間科学』報告4 人間科学研究35(2)，2022