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Fukushima: Comic Ichi F, where the nuclear plant is under control

Fukushima: Comic Ichi F, where the nuclear plant is under control
Desk Reporter

In the Japanese comic Ichi F, where the nuclear plant is under control. The version presented by the Oishinbo manga is much more alarmist.

Ichi vs F Oishinbo, banality of everyday life of nuclear workers vs doomsday scenario. Everything between the two mangas recently released in Japan and intend to reveal ” the truth” about the situation at the Fukushima plant, the site has produced the worst nuclear accident of the 21st century. But who to believe?
What manga has the truth?

On the other hand, Ichi F (the nickname of the Fukushima Daiichi), published in late March in the weekly Japanese Morning, offers an account of the clinical working conditions at the Fukushima plant. Without sensationalism or revelation, the author merely describes his experience during the six months he spent working on the site from June to December 2012 (the manga is available online here, below, extracted a board of BD. Crédit Morning / Kazuto Tatsuta).

He said, “I prefer to remain anonymous in order to return one day to the site,” the mangaka who calls himself Kazuto Tatsuta. But the aura of mystery dissipates quickly discovering the author of 49 years , tousled hair and laughing eyes. To get the job at the Fukushima plant, he simply asked an employment agency in Tokyo.

” I was looking for a job and I wanted to help after the disaster in March 2011, is he justified . But I had already published in a few magazines so I also have had the idea to trace my experience.” Way to suggest to the author that he had no idea a priori to make a comic on its passage through the rugged Central …
At Fukushima, danger and wages go hand in hand

Recruited by a small subcontractor Tepco, the operator of the Fukushima plant, Kazuto Tatsuta spent the first four months away from the reactors, manage equipment and clothing workers of the plant. “I wanted to change because the salary was only 8,000 yen per day (note: 60 euros), he said I wanted to participate more actively in the restoration of the site.” .

Danger pay and go together, the balance rises to 20,000 yen per day (145 euros) when it is sent as a plumber in an annex building number 3 where the radioactivity is still very high reactor.

The manga describes his banal daily worker: hours of transportation to the site from his dorm room and his apartment in Iwaki, the infernal to put on and remove the plastic gloves and cotton, protective shoes or time full face, naps in the rest room with the other workers.
As the radioactivity was high, I had the right to work one hour a day . My days consisted mainly waiting and sleeping. Nothing very exciting. “- Kazuto Tatsuta

His personal dosimeter rings regularly whenever it receives a fifth of the set by his employer daily dose. And 4/5th of the dose , his manager asked him to stop working.

Comic-JapaneseDespite these precautions, it receives about 20 mSv in six months , or authorized for nuclear workers in France annual dose. ” This allowed Japan is 50 mSv, but most companies working on the site set a goal of 20 mSv for their employees .” Result: Kazuto Tatsuta was forced to pack up and return to Tokyo. For him, this is further evidence that the safety rules are followed at Fukushima.
” We spent our time laughing “

“I was shocked by the distance between the image that the media gave the Fukushima and reality, he believes. I also expected to find so depressed workers we passed our time laugh. people always have in mind the crisis situation that prevailed in the early weeks after the accident, but this is no longer the case today. this is the truth that I wanted to restore.”

LIGHT -YEARS: A reassuring version of light-years his rival an episode of the famous manga Oishinbo published in late April in the weekly Big Comic spirit.

At 72, the author Tetsu Kariya recounts the trials and tribulations of Shiro Yamaoka, a journalist who participated in a study visit to the plant. Temporarily exposed to 1680 microSv / time as other members of his group (although it takes 12 hours to reach the annual dose of a nuclear worker in France ), it is taken from unexplained nosebleeds and exhaustion on his return.

Far from merely fictional characters, the author uses real people as Katsutaka Idogawa, the former mayor of Futaba, the nearest nuclear power plant city.
Many residents suffer from the same symptoms as me at Fukushima (note: nosebleeds and tiredness). But they do not say, “says the elect in a bubble of manga.

The outcry was immediate. On the forums, users are torn between those who say they have suffered from the same symptoms and those who believe that these rumors are baseless and harmful . Several journalists who visited the plant ( including the author of these lines) assured to have felt no effect as a result of their visit.

The municipality of Futaba which belies cases nosebleeds has formally complained to the publishing house and Shokagukan said:
It is not only the ancient inhabitants of Futaba (note: evacuated immediately after the accident), but all those in the region who may be victims of discrimination.”

Even the Japanese Ministry of Environment has cracked a statement assuring that it was very unlikely that the radioactivity emitted by the Fukushima causes nosebleeds.

EXPLOSIVE: “I imagined well evoke these nosebleeds would lead protests, but I thought that by going to cause such a storm,” retorts Tetsu Kariya on his blog. The author adds that he investigated two years and Fukushima have that report the facts. ” Everyone would have preferred to read that all is well in Fukushima and reconstruction ahead.” But ” I can not tell the truth,” he adds. And the author promises explosive revelations even more in the next two numbers …

In Japan, by Marie Linton for Science and Future.