Fukushima considers action against Netflix over 'Dark Tourist' video of 3/11 hot zone


The Fukushima Prefectural Government and the Reconstruction Agency are considering taking action against a video from the “Dark Tourist” series of U.S. online video streaming giant Netflix Inc., informed sources said Saturday.

The video shows a tour organized for foreigners of areas affected by the March 2011 triple core meltdown in Fukushima. During the tour, David Farrier, a New Zealand journalist and the host of the video series, suspects a meal served at a restaurant in the town of Namie has been contaminated by radiation.

The prefecture and the agency are concerned the video could fuel unreasonable fears related to the March 2011 disaster at Tokyo Electric’s tsunami-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the sources said.

The video also shows the journalist entering the no-go zone around the crippled nuclear plant without permission and reporting from an abandoned game arcade there.

Furthermore, the video shows tour participants getting upset by rising radiation readings on their bus, although where the bus was traveling is not specified.

The video of the Fukushima tour attracted attention initially online and has been covered by overseas media.

Alarmed by the situation, the Fukushima Prefectural Government has decided to cooperate with the Reconstruction Agency in responding to the matter, the sources said. The defunct atomic plant is managed by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.

“We’re examining the video content,” a senior official from the prefecture said.

Netflix offers unlimited access to online movies and TV dramas at flat rates. It has about 130 million subscribers in 190 countries.

In its “Dark Tourist” series, Farrier travels to places associated with negative historical events around the world, including a former nuclear test site in Kazakhstan.