Fukushima: Haruki Murakami’s speech in Barcelona

In his acceptance speech after receiving the Catalunya Prize Haruki Murakami elaborated on his country after now suffering two nuclear disasters (that is if you link Hiroshima and Nagasaki into one event).  Read a translation here.

He describes how the words facing “reality” about nuclear power was really a way of saying “convenience”  . . .

Most disturbing, to me – who has dug and buried quite a number of bodies, than the 100,000 people who have had to move, who have lost their livelihoods, homes and communities, the continuing leaking of radioactivity, and the short-termism of the planning; are the 1000 radioactive bodies that no one knows quite what to do with.  Read or listen here.  That they may have been killed in the tsunami and then become irradiated doesn’t detract from the fact that they are now untouchable . . .


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