Ishii used to deliver food to Japanese restaurants in Maryland. For years he studied EM (effective microogranisms) as a hobby. Now he grows organic vegetables in Sukagawa, 60 km southwest of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. He believes the EM prevents his crops from absorbing radioactive cesium—they have tested “ND”: no detectible radiation.
Seiju Sugeno is an organic farmer in Towa, Nihonmatsu, 50 km from the failed Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The Abukuma Mountains partly shielded his rice fields from contamination, but runoff is an ongoing threat. Chairman of the Fukushima Organic Farmers Network, Sugeno works aggressively to clean his land and prevent his crops from absorbing radioactive cesium. He will work to reduce the contamination year by year, rigorously testing his yield and reporting any contamination he finds. His 23-year-old daughter Mizuho works with him. He hopes she can build a sustainable life for herself here.
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Why we’re making Uncanny Terrain
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How to protect themselves
The official radiation limit
Counseling for parents
A tool to evaluate by themselves
Living with the Fallout
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Coexisting with radiation
Bread for disaster victims
Work sharing for people with disabilities
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Strengthening Fukushima pride
Safecast radiation monitoring
The goal of our documentary
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Through the autumn harvest
The uncertainty of low-level contamination
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Positive stories of post-disaster Japan
Carry on Fukushima
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Fukushima City Nuclear Protest
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