This book is a compilation of my blog posts about Fukushima, starting on March 11th 2011, the day of the Tohoku earthquake, and covers the first five years of something quite unique in human history: there's never before been three nuclear reactors in complete and ongoing meltdown.
Some of these blog posts are brief, some are quite lengthy. Some are lighthearted, some are quite grave. The posts contain a wealth of links - to news items, scientific reports, seminars, etc - and tell the real story of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. This book is published against the backdrop of an ongoing news media blackout of all things Fukushima. Many of my posts touch upon this censorship, and in particular the politics and corruption behind it. The book also contains links to lots of interviews, which includes high profile people such as Naoto Kan, who was Prime Minister of Japan when the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck (and who is now a fervent anti-nuclear campaigner).
I suppose you can read 'Fukushima: The First Five Years' from start to finish, as a chronology of the disaster; or you can dip into it using the table of contents; or you can search it for key words. Whatever way you approach this book, if you're not overly familiar with the Fukushima disaster you will probably discover things that will make you both very surprised and very angry. Fukushima is a game-changing moment in the human story, and this book is a historic record of it.
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About the Author
Rob Godfrey was born in London on March 21st 1964. After travelling the world and having various adventures he is now pausing in a quiet part of south west France.