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On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi

by Catherina Depaz

Special To The Japan Times

On the Brink, by Ryusho Kadota, Translated by Simon Varnam.
Kurodahan Press, Nonfiction.

The personal testimonials from “On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi” are riveting and heartbreaking. Compiled by Ryusho Kadota, each chapter recounts the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the ensuing meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Kadota has carefully collected the stories of those who were affected and shares the experiences of the courageous workers who stayed in the plant to prevent total destruction of the overheating reactors. The interviews contained in “On the Brink” show another side to the earthquake and the political and environmental clean up, with each section exposing the realities of a disaster that has forever marred the landscape.