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Italian broadcaster creates TV documentary about Fukushima disaster

Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, second from right, speaks at a screening event for a documentary about the Fukushima nuclear disaster, in Rome on March 7, 2016. (Mainichi)

ROME -- As the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster approaches, a documentary about the catastrophe created by Italian news television broadcaster Sky TG24 was screened here on March 7, with former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan attending as a guest.

    The documentary is titled "Fukushima: A Nuclear Story," and is based on writings by Sky TG24's Far East correspondent Pio d'Emilia, 61. The footage includes that of d'Emilia as he arrives by car to the front gate of the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant eight days after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami hit.

    At the screening, Kan, noting the continuing problems of contaminated water leakages from the plant and people still being forced to live as evacuees, said, "The Fukushima nuclear disaster is continuing even now."

    He added, "The current administration is trying to restart reactor after reactor, but over half of the Japanese people are opposed to this," and proposed expanded use of renewable energy sources in place of nuclear energy.

    The documentary is scheduled to show at 9 p.m. on March 11 local time, or 5 a.m. on March 12 Japan time, on Sky TG24.

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