Son of Fukushima


Eighty-one-year-old Saichi Ouchi is one of only eight people in human history to be twice exposed to nuclear radiation. A victim of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, Saichi was sequestered at a nursing care facility just 20 kilometers from the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant when several of the reactors experienced full nuclear meltdown following the tsunami in March 2011. Nearby, the farm where he was born—and where his wife and son still lived—became a contamination zone, and subject to the devastating evacuations that tore apart families and communities. The family now faces an invisible threat and uncertainty as to whether they will ever be able to return home. Yet, for farmers like Saichi and his son Hidekazu, they have lost more than just their homes. They have lost a piece of their identities. Hidekazu now bears the responsibility of keeping both his family – and his community – in tact. Amdist the rarest of misfortunes, Saichi’s wife, son and grandchildren bring to light a universal human experience: the importance of family.