Safecast : <<We’re incredibly excited to announce the launch of the Safecast iOS app available in the App Store now. Last year we reached out to Nick Dolezal, creator of the most amazing GeigerBot, with some questions and ideas about his app. It didn’t take long for us to realize he would be a fantastic addition to the Safecast team and he agreed. We started brainstorming on what a Safecast iOS app might look like and what it might offer. The results of those continued discussions are live now. We’re most excited about the “virtual geiger counter” aspect to this app – using the GPS on your iPhone or iPad you can quickly see readings that have been taken around you. We’ve got the full Safecast dataset on board, as well as a handful of other publicly available radiation measurement data sets which gives a comprehensive exposure map for the US and Japan, with other areas being filled in as we collect those readings. There’s also the ability to connect your own geiger counter and take readings which can be submitted back to the Safecast Database.
We feel like this will be an incredibly useful application for just about anyone to have, and hope to keep improving it’s functionality as well grow. Enjoy! >>
This campaign is set up in order to organize together Christmas 2012 @ Minamisoma for the Kids and All people still leaving in the Emergency Shelters.Since we started the Non-profit organization « Fukushima Future » in 2011, it is through the generous support of individuals like you that we have been able to carry on our mission. First of all on the web, in order to keep inform the populations around the world. And most importantly, in Minamisoma with our Japan Network, to help over 640 persons with over 1000 Euros budget (Project FFJPA01). We did get back to the Fukushima Prefecture in 2012 (Project FFJPA02). Please support us. Be part of it. Thanks
We Are All Radioactive was created by San Francisco-based Japanese journalist Lisa Katayama and TEDTalks creator Jason Wishnow. Half the footage is shot by us, and the other half is shot by the locals themselves. Post-production of the first four episodes was entirely crowdfunded with over 200 supporters from all over the world; these episodes were only unlocked as the filmmakers raised enough money to pay for it. Everything is subtitled in both Japanese and English, and some of the film’s biggest supporters are entrepreneurs, fishermen, and surfers who actually live in the Tohoku region.
About the project
A year after the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear explosion trifecta hit northeastern Japan last March, many small towns along the northeast coast of Japan are still struggling with the same unanswered questions. Is our food safe? Is our water safe? Can I sell my fish and vegetables at the market? Will our children die prematurely of cancer? Can we ever trust the government again?
In the summer of 2011, a few months after the quake, the film crew befriended a group of surfers based in Motoyoshi — a small coastal town 100 miles north of Fukushima. Living in tents pitched on one of the only unaffected patches of land in town, these surfer-turned-activists are rallying to get a multi-generational community of fishermen and farmers back on their feet.
In Japan, they shot interviews with locals, anti-nuclear activists, and global experts on radiation. They also gave waterproof video cameras to the residents of Motoyoshi, so they can film their experience through their own lens while we’re not there. The result is a series of beautiful and informative vignettes that get more up close and intimate than an ordinary film crew could ever get.
We Are All Radioactive combines technology, entertainment, and solid investigative journalism to provide answers to fundamental questions about radiation and the complexities of disaster response on both a political and sociological level.
The footage also touches on the work of Architecture for Humanity, Greenpeace, Surfrider Foundation, and Safecast — all major global non-profits dedicated to helping Japan respectively with post-earthquake reconstruction, human and environmental rights, water safety, and radiation monitoring.
How it works
We Are All Radioactive is an innovative experiment in online filmmaking that integrates storytelling, fundraising, and awareness-raising.
The film is designed to air as 3-4 minute episodes for the web. Each episode will either highlight the personal experience of a key character in the community or distill a theme that reflects the struggle to rebuild the region. Even though they’re rolling it out online first, they’re using a professional film crew — sound designers, award-winning editors — and have been looking to distribute it on TV and at film festivals. We did also hope to one day do a feature version based on the episodes.
Fundraising is a key component of the project — episodes will only air as they get funded. Each episode costs us about $3500 to produce.
As they did roll out new episodes, they introduced new features that let people navigate on the website to do things like: learn more about the characters and themes; log radiation readings on a fun interactive map, putting the situation in Japan in perspective to natural background radiation around the world; and connect directly with nuclear experts via a curated Q&A platform.
Jason Wishnow is the filmmaker behind TEDTalks, the award winning video series watched nearly one billion times. Wishnow works at the intersection of film and emerging technologies and has been called an “online-video virtuoso” (New York Times, 2009), the “enfant terrible of digital film” (The Guardian, 2000), and one of the ten most influential digital filmmakers of 1999 (RES Magazine).
Lisa is a journalist who writes about Japanese culture for Wired, Boing Boing, The New York Times Magazine, and NPR. She’s spoken publicly about Japanese culture at major conferences in Japan, Singapore, and the US. She’s best known online for the award-nominated blog TokyoMango and for founding the design thinking boot camp The Tofu Project.
Yuko is a bilingual Japanese/English editor and cinematographer. In the past year, she has worked on two documentaries, Mrs. Judo and The Power of Two, which was showcased at DocFest and won the audience award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2011. Originally from Nagoya, she’s an experienced diver who aspires to be Japan’s greatest female ocean explorer.
Alex is the founder of BAFTA award-winning boutique editing company Axworks. As well as directing, producing, and editing human rights and environmental projects through Axworks, Alex has carried on his freelance work, cutting a variety of documentaries and features with creative agencies and clients including TED, Amnesty International, and the BBC.
Back in April 2012 during the Fukushima-Future’s
we tryed to give too, some support to the ederlys
living in the shelters.
There is at this day, still many Japanese in this
With your help we will go back from Tokyo to
Minamisoma to show them that we did not forget
Please consider making a donation to help those in
Like this we might be able to buy some necessity
Thanks from the Fukushima-Future’s NPO Team
Avril 2012, pendant le projet FFJPA02,
nous avons essayé de soutenir également les plus
vivent dans des hébergements d’urgence.
A ce jour encore beaucoup d’entre eux y vivent!
Avec votre aide nous partirons de Tokyo à
leur témoigner notre soutient et leur montrer que
nous ne les avons
De cette manière nous serons en mesure d’acheter
pour ceux dans le besoin des produits en nécessité.
Merci de la part de toute l’équipe Fukushima-Future
An international Greenpeace alpine team delivers messages of support and hope for the victims of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi to the summit of Mt Fuji. Collected from thousands of people in Japan and all over the world, Greenpeace hopes that these messages will help unite the people of Japan in opposition to nuclear power, and encourage the Japanese authorities to listen to them. At the same time, another group of Greenpeace activists unfurl a banner at Lake Kawaguchiko, in the shadow of Mt Fuji.
Climbing team is comprised of eleven alpinists from Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.
Monica Laflamme – Canada
I live in Toronto Canada, but I’m originally from Kobe Japan, and I have lots of family and friends here. So when the Fukushima nuclear disaster happened it was a scary event for me. There are a couple of reactors close to Toronto, less than 30km from where I live now, and like Japan, our government is pushing ahead with nuclear without thinking through the risks properly. What happened in Fukushima can happen anywhere. This is a problem that affects all of the world, not just Japan, and we need to stop nukes now.
Daniel Szonyi – Hungary
They say: “If you climb Mount Fuji once, you are a wise man.” I say; if you keep using nuclear power you are a fool.
My name is Donci and I am climbing on this amazing Japanese mountain to show my solidarity with those affected in the last year by the disaster and to tell my government that keeping the Paks nuclear power plant instead of investing in the renewable energy sector is not just dangerous and expensive, but it is also a fool’s choice.
Tomasz Dziemianczuk – Poland
I am climbing Mt Fuji to show my disagreement to the Polish government’s plans to build the first nuclear power plant in my country. I think nuclear energy is a threat to mankind and the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters have proven that. It is not safe and it is not cheap, as some might say. I wish Poland invested into renewable energy the same money they are planning to spend on a new power plant. I also do not believe in saying that building power plants would increase the employment rate as there would be only jobs for a small number of scientists and specialists.
Mateo Perez Garcia – Spain
Hello. I’m Mateo from the south of Spain. I’m climbing Mt Fuji to make sure that accidents like Fukushima are not forgotten. I don’t want to leave future generations a legacy of nuclear waste.
Arnaud Durand – France
I am from France, the most nuclear-ised country in the world. The future is terrifying; the population does not seem to be aware that the disasters that happened in Fukushima and Chernobyl are also possible in any country that has nuclear energy. I want to protest and show solidarity with the people of Japan. A future without nukes and EPR is possible.
Christian Schmutz – Switzerland
I am from Switzerland, the country with the oldest nuclear power plant in the world (Beznau). Here in Japan, the country of Fukushima, I am taking a stand for a nuclear-free, renewable future – all over the world!
Francois-Xavier Bleau – Canada
I am here to show, by climbing the iconic Mt Fuji, that nuclear power is a real danger in Japan, and everywhere in the world. We cannot live with this risk. The only control we have over the dangers of nuclear energy is to simply refuse it and make room for alternative sources of energy.
Alessio Ponza – Italy
I’m Alessio, and first I’m here to show solidarity with the Fukushima people. I’m from Italy, a land less seismically-active than Japan, and we have already stopped with nuclear energy. I want to suggest to the Japanese people that they can pressure their government to stop gambling with nuclear power and switch to renewable energy. An energy revolution is both possible and necessary for future generations.