Nuclear Nation



New short “RADIOACTIVE” goes to Oberhausen ISFF, Germany.


“RADIOACTIVE”, a spin-off documentary of “NUCLEAR NATION”, is selected for the International Competition at the 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany!

It’s starting today May 1st, and the result of the competition will be announced on May 6th.

I will be attending the festival between May 3rd & 6th to talk to the audience!

Here’s the festival website.

Directed & Edited by Atsushi Funahashi
Producer      Yoshiko Hashimoto
Directors of Photography Atsushi Funahashi & Yutaka Yamazaki

“for futaba” Composed & Performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto

Year of Production: 2014
Length: 35 min
Format: HD, Color



Part 1 DVD release!! (Japan)



NUCLEAR NATION is now available on DVD!

It is Japanese version (region 2) with English subtitles.

You can buy it from Amazon Japan.…/dp/B00GI8BZ1Q


Democracy Now! focused on Futaba town.



Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba talks with Amy Goodman at Democracy Now! on Fukushima nuclear crisis. (Archival footage of yesterday’s show)


Democracy Now! :Amy Goodman interviews director Funahashi.



Here’s the archival link of Democracy Now! yesterday.

Amy Goodman interviewed director Atsushi Funahashi on “NUCLEAR NATION” and Fukushima refugees.



Director Funahashi on DEMOCRACY NOW! 1/25 8am ET (USA).


At 8-9am ET on Jan 15 director Funahashi will be Democracy Now!, the America’s most liberal and independent news channel. He is talking about Fukushima issues with Amy Goodman, the anchor lady. She is now in Tokyo and they’ll broadcast the LIVE show between Tokyo and NYC! NUCLEAR NATION will be introduced. Don’t miss it!

You can see the streaming video at;


[Tokyo Gubernatorial Election (Feb. 9): Evading the issue of nuclear plants = dumping Fukushima]


People are saying that since Tokyo has no nuclear plants, and since the city holds few Tokyo Electric Power Company shares, the concept of eliminating nuclear power is not an issue in the upcoming governor election.

Have we already forgotten…

… that most of the electricity produced at the Fukushima Daiichi plant was sent to Tokyo? In order for us in the city to have this electricity, we imposed years of risk on people living in the coastal regions of Fukushima. And when shit finally hit the fan, they were the ones left to deal with the aftermath of the calamity. There are still 150,000 displaced people living in limbo.

We living in Tokyo are in part responsible for the nuclear accident.

Saying that “nuclear power won’t become a campaign issue” is like saying that we might have been indebted to them in the past, but now that they’re not sending us any electricity, it doesn’t concern us anymore. This convenient forgetfulness is arrogant.

Voters in Tokyo need to be conscious that NOT making nuclear power an issue in the upcoming election is exactly the same as dumping Fukushima.

– Atsushi Funahashi

(translated by Ivy Oldford)


Funahashi’s interview on LA FIGA.


Here’s director Funahashi’s interview on NUCLEAR NATION and Fukushima refugees by La Figa.

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Won Special Mention Award in Italy!


“Nuclear Nation” just won Special Mention Award at SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival in Italy!

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April 9th: NN screening at Yale University, USA.


This Tuesday “Nuclear Nation” will be screened at Yale University in Connecticut, USA.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013 7:00 PM
FOLLOWING FUKUSHIMA: Three Works Documenting Disaster and Its Aftermath

“Nuclear Nation”

Auditorium, Henry Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.
Director: Atsushi Funahashi
(2012, 96 minutes, BluRay)

A documentary about the exile of Futaba’s residents, the region housing the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Since the 1960s, Futaba had been promised prosperity with tax breaks and major subsidies to compensate for the presence of the power plant. The town’s people have now lost their homeland. Through their agonies and frustrations, the film questions the real cost of capitalism and nuclear energy. For more information, visit:

**Screening to be followed by a special conversation with Dr. Satsuki Takahashi (Princeton University) and Ms. Hiroko Kumaki (Yale EAS MA student); Moderated by Professor William Kelly (Anthropology)**

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NN will be shown in Portland, Oregon on Dec 11+14.


Finally “Nuclear Nation” will land on the US soil. It will be distributed by First Run Features. It will hit theaters in major US cities towards the beginning of year 2013. First, NW Film Center in Portland Oregon will show the film on Dec 11 and 14th. If you’re in Oregon, please go check it out!