Friday, November 29, 2013

Film: X Years Later (Hoshasen wo abita X nen go)

Next week Tewassa & JREX will be screening X Years Later (〜放射線を浴びた〜X年後). We'll be showing the film with English subtitles although I apologize that the only trailer I could find doesn't have subtitles. You can read about it in English at the Hawaiian International Film Festival site where it was screened earlier this year and in this The Japan Times piece: Director sheds light on Bikini Atoll. The film will be followed by a moderated panel discussion. Director Hideaki Ito will also be attending.

Date & Time: Friday, December 6, 2013
6:00PM - Doors open
6:30PM - Film starts
8:00 - 9:00PM - Panel discussion (Update 12/1/13: I just noticed that JREX says the panel discussion will be only in Japanese.)

Tickets: $5 and must be purchased online with PayPal. See instructions below if you can't read Japanese. 

X Years Later

(website in Japanese)
Directed by Hideaki Ito
2012 | 83 mins | Documentary 
In the aftermath of WW2 the Bikini Atoll was used by the United States as a testing ground for Nuclear and Thermonuclear technology until 1957. In 1954 the largest test - the detonation of a Hydrogen bomb in Operation Castle Bravo - resulted in a significant amount of fallout that impacted inhabited areas. Among the exposed in the incident was the Japanese fishing boat Daigo Fukuryu Maru with a crew of 23, who at the time was outside of the "danger zone" declared by the US Government. While history has documented the plight of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru, the reality is many other boats also outside the "danger zone" were similarly exposed. Now 59 years later, a documentary crew in Japan revisits the incident and interviews surviving fishermen, including some from other Japanese boats in the area, to bring to light an ordeal whose full impact has been kept in the dark by both the US and Japan governments. (via HIFF)


  • Hiro Saito, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Harvard U.S.-Japan Relations Program postdoctoral fellow
  • Takuya Tsujiuchi, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor at Waseda University, Research Fellow at Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT)
  • Tetsuro Araki, M.D., Research Fellow, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Purchasing Instructions

JREX's event page for the screening is only in Japanese. (Update 11/30/13: Oops. It seems that since I drafted this, someone updated the event page with English.)

Step 1: Fill out the form on this page.

Step 2: Click "Online Payment" to the right of the form. The only option is a $5.00 USD option.  Click "Add to cart" which will take you to PayPal where you can adjust the number of tickets and then check out.

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