Drive in Fukushima
Juri Suzuki is an artist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Tokyo, Japan. For her current project “Drive in Fukushima” she is collaborating with moviemaker Koji Furuta. Juri Suzuki and Koji Furuta were both born and raised in Fukushima. They recently have driven through Fukushima to take a movie of the current scenery. During the trip, Juri collected objects from the environment of Fukushima such as soil, water and wood.

While driving by car, they interviewed people who’re living in Fukushima. Juri also gathered daily necessities such as cups, glasses and chair that people threw away as garbage. The work Drive in Fukushima is showing the movie the environment of Fukushima, interviews with citizens and an installation made from daily necessities.

The Fukushima Catastrophe in 2011 had a great impact on people living in Fukushima but also on people living elsewhere in Japan. While living in the Netherlands at that moment, Juri was shocked to hear this news from her hometown. The catastrophe made her realise that the everyday news provided by the Internet was always related with someone’s personal life. For her, the Fukushima Catastrophe was a big change for her. But for people who live in the rest of the world, it was just one of the everyday news.

The Fukushima Catastrophe also completely changed her perspective on the politics of Japan. She is more aware of the spectacle made by mass media and more critical to information on the Internet.

In case of her research, Juri would like to ask you some questions. What is the biggest catastrophe happened to you so far? Did you have a similar experience of big news that directly connected your life?

Thank you for your cooperation!

Juri Suzuki

Your Name
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Where do you live? (Town, City)
Which year were you born?
Research about Fukushima Catastrophe
I am searching how people think about the Fukushima Catastrophe in Japan and another countries. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was an energy accident in Fukushima, initiated primary by the tsunami following the Tohoku earthquake on 11 March 2011. The largest tsunami wave was 13 meters high, overwhelming the plant’s seawall, which was 10m high.

The tsunami destroyed the emergency generators cooling the reactors. The insufficient cooling led to three nuclear meltdowns and the release of radioactive material starting on 12 March. From 12 to 15 March, several hydrogen air chemical explosions occurred between.

About 164,865 people evacuated when it was on May 2012 from Fukushima because of the nuclear disaster and Tsunami.-(1)

What would you know about the Fukushima Catastrophe?
Do you remember hearing about the Fukushima Catastrophe?
If so, how did you feel about Fukushima Catastrophe?
Do you remember the moment when you knew the Fukushima nuclear reactors exploded?
If so, what did you feel at that moment?
How do you think about the situation of Fukushima nuclear plant right now?
How do you imagine the situation in Fukushima now?
What was your the biggest Catastrophe happened to you, which was also part of the big news in the world?
What is your happiest memory of the last five years?
What is your saddest or angriest memory of the last five years?
What is your current dream?
How would you think about Fukushima?
How would you expect the future in Fukushima?
Do you have any opinion about Fukushima Catastrophe?
Thank you for your answers!
Agreement of using your questionnaire
Juri Suzuki appreciates your participation in this project. We will take care of your answers. Please let us know anytime if you don’t want to include your answers on any public material related with this project.

This questionnaire is part of an art project. There’s a possibility answers will be used in public media like websites, social media, press releases, catalogues, museum exhibitions or publicity. The participant understands that their questionnaire is used by an artist and will not seek any claims for damages or economic gain from the questionnaires.

The participant has the right to withdraw the image from the project at any time and can notify the artist in writing of their wish to remove their questionnaire from the database.

This agreement is intended to outline the intention and use of the questionnaire. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the artist.

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Juri Suzuki
(1) 16th Sep 2016, “避難区域の状況・被災者支援”
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