Public lecture video by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on April 1, 2016. Panelists were Takao Suami, Professor of Law at Waseda Law School, Haruka Adachi, Attorney of Law and Eri Osaka, Professor of Law at Toyo University
In the annals of the history of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the experience of Namie is a cautionary tale for nuclear energy, and a tragedy for the people in this town located nearby the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. At the height of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the citizens of Namie were evacuated into the path of the nuclear plume and were thereafter scattered to languish in shelters outside the exclusionary zone, and still have not returned to their homes. Having been misinformed of the magnitude of the disaster at the most crucial time, haphazardly evacuated into the most highly radioactively contaminated area and now struggling to hold their community together in the face of economic hardship and the recalcitrance of government and nuclear industry officials, the town administration has turned to legal means to redress their suffering. For this event, the legal defense team that is negotiating an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) case on behalf of the Namie citizens discuss the implications of this historic case for Japanese law and the nuclear industry.