Disaster memorial hall opened to press in Futaba ahead of official launch

The Fukushima prefectural government opened to the press the "Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum" in the town of Futaba on Sept. 5 ahead of its official launch on Sept. 20. The facility, located in the town’s Nakano district, serves as an archive collecting records and memories of the 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear accident as it affected Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Fukushima Daiichi plant. The museum shows videos and exhibits that will pass on to future generations records and memories of what happened. The three-story facility has a total floor space of about 5,300 square meters. The exhibits are arranged in chronological order, divided into six areas, including "the beginning of the disaster," "response immediately after the nuclear accident," and "the prolonged impact of the nuclear disaster." On press day, an introductory video supervised by creative director Michihiko Yanai, a native of the prefectural city of Koriyama who was commissioned by the prefecture, was shown for the first time. The video clip of about 4 minutes, including animation, shows vehicles in a bumper-to-bumper jam, carrying local residents fleeing from the nuclear accident, and other scenes on a multiple screen display consisting of seven panels. The video is narrated by actor Toshiyuki Nishida, also hailing from Koriyama. He talks in a warm dialect, reviewing the plant from its beginnings to the present day and telling of his anxiety as he wonders if he will ever witness the completion of the plant’s decommissioning. (Translated by Kyodo News)