In den letzten Wochen hat sich so einiges getan. Nicht nur, dass der Dreh für ein Filmprojekt für den neuen Nationalpark Schwarzwald begonnen hat, sondern auch der Start einer Kooperative mit befreundeten Filmemachern.
Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness. - Werner Herzog Is Japan dangerous? Not at all. Is it save? No, I wouldn’t say so either. Should we talk about it? Yes. Do we talk about it? Not really. In some ways Japan is an example of corrupted politics. Although it's one of the leading economic nations in the world, still that is, there are big problems lying ahead of it. The recent (already over two years ago) natural and nuclear disaster (still actual) are just a small part of it. People there really don't talk so much about it, or don't care so much about it. Well they care, but most don't stand up. They think the government will fix the problems, but a lot of what the government recently does is telling lies or say bending the truth. They want to create an atmosphere of relative safety. The truth is, nobody exactly knows, how much effect the nuclear disaster will actually have on the people's health and living conditions. Much clearer is the picture about the displaced persons from the disaster zone and the coast of Tohoku. Still living in improvised housing and lacking perspectives a lot of them are prone to psychological disorders or at least big stress. And really, abroad this problem is rarely talked about. While people on the Tohoku coast struggle to build new lives, we in Europe talk about the nuclear disaster and it's effects, perhaps in the knowledge of a similar accident 20 years ago in front of our door step. But have we learned the lesson? It doesn't seem so. Perhaps we in Europe are better prepared now for a nuclear accident, but they weren't in Japan and still are not. It's scary to hear stories of how safety measures were ignored in the running plants and still are on the collapsed reactors. Unexperienced workers are sent in to prevent the situation to worsen, which is no step closer to fixing the problems. And 200 km south they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and Tepco is working hard to relief Japan of the high costs of imported energy by restarting the reactors. While some people praise the cheap costs of the nuclear energy because of the existing infrastructure, they overlook the whole picture. Some argue that there is no proof of immediate negative effects on people's health and still belief in the myth of safe nuclear energy. They ignore the soaring costs of fixing up the collapsed reactors, cleaning the land and getting rid of nuclear waste. Of course investment into renewables is expensive, but in Japan, a country with volcanic activity, sun, wind and waves in abundance I ask myself why they not try to invest in a more diverse future. As it often goes the problem is probably a lobbyist culture and money transfers.
To end this monologue, here’s my first video from my last Japan trip.