Shows: April 4, 2011

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Facing Down the Devastation: Activists in Japan Respond

In the wake of the nuclear disaster crisis, activists in Japan are organizing to support the thousands of individuals who’ve lost their homes, family members and livelihoods. They’re also renewing calls to abolish nuclear power. We speak with Emiko Hirano of the New Japan Women's Association about fears of the contamination, and the new impetus for nuclear abolition.

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Disaster Aid: Reaching the Marginalized in Japan

In Japan, stigmatized populations---including Zainichi Koreans, migrants laborers and ethnic minorities---have historically been treated as second-class citizens, and neglected in the wake of major disasters. We speak with Kyun Hee Ha of Eclipse Rising, a Bay Area Zainichi Korean group, and Marvin Gibson of the Japan Pacific Resource Network about rising xenophobic backlash and access to state services.

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Unforgotten: Korean War

"Still Present Pasts" is a multimedia exhibit at NYU exploring memories and legacies of the Korean War. Though called the "forgotten war" in the U.S., the conflict resulted in 3 million civilian deaths and decimated Korea' natural and social infrastructure. We speak with curator and artist Yulsan Liem.

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The Nuclear Industry in Japan

In this segment, journalist Tim Shorrock gives us a brief background on the nuclear industry in Japan and the role of subcontractors in nuclear plants.

Then we go to Tokyo and hear from Philip White of the Citizen's Nuclear Information Center, who tells us about the current situation in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the role of the government, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, and the media in this nuclear crisis.

This segment aired on April 5, 2011 as part of a Pacifica Radio special on the nuclear crisis in Japan.

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