How to cope when home is where the radiation is?

Film Feb 8, 2013

How to cope when home is where the radiation is?

by Kaori Shoji

When she hears the phrase "a sense of home," filmmaker Michale Boganim always endures a wave of sadness. "Home can mean a whole lot of things, but to me it has connotations of displacement and loss," she tells The Japan Times. "I come from ...

'Land of Oblivion'

Film / Reviews Feb 8, 2013

'Land of Oblivion'

by Kaori Shoji

It's 1996. Anya (Olga Kurylenko) works as a guide on a tour bus that takes people through Pripyat, a town located just 3 km from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The tourists, all of varying ages and nationalities, listen somewhat bored to ...

Irradiated food poses moral dilemmas

Food & Drink Jun 26, 2011

Irradiated food poses moral dilemmas

by Tomoko Otake

Mail-order food-delivery companies and cooperatives have long been among the leading campaigners for — and custodians of — food safety in Japan. Although they are small in scale compared with major supermarket chains, since they first began to appear in the 1960s and '70s these ...

Capturing the eerie beauty of Chernobyl

General | WEEK 3 Apr 17, 2011

Capturing the eerie beauty of Chernobyl

by Eriko Arita

Pripyat, Ukraine, has been a ghost town for the last 25 years. On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's No. 4 reactor experienced a sudden power surge resulting in several explosions and fires that sent a massive amount of nuclear debris into ...