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Temporary Exhibition "Lesson #3.11 - Lessons learned"

Data source: Japan Atomic Energy Agency
Breakwater constructed in Ofunato City (Photo source: Iwate Prefecture)

What lessons have we learned six years after the Great East Japan Earthquake? The Great East Japan Earthquake, which occurred on March 11, 2011, and the nuclear accident that hit Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station after that, brought to our attention the massive risk that we were unaware of. These incidents hold lessons which we can learn from, and which help us to choose how we want to live in the future.

A panel exhibition introduces the risks of a major natural disaster that strikes "once in a million years", the latest information about the current state of the radioactive substances released during the nuclear accident, and the renewable energy options that are available to us. Also, an installation presents live video and audio transmissions from the government-designated "zone in which resident return would be difficult" within a 10 km radius of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, and allows visitors to experience the "present moment" of the area.

The exhibition offers a practical "lesson" for considering problems from various angles and perspectives based on data as well as the state of society in the future.

What is "Lesson #3.11"?
This is a series of initiatives that involves conducting "lessons" aimed at fostering scientific capability and the power to choose our future, based on the Great East Japan Earthquake and various other related themes (Phenomenon Number 3.11).

● Panel exhibition "Lesson #3.11 - Lessons learned"
The tremors and tsunami from the massive earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 gave rise to various unexpected events, and took the lives of many people. What lessons have we learned six years after this unprecedented disaster? What do we have to continue considering? This panel exhibition is organized in two chapters, while offering an opportunity to exchange the latest information. Booths that allow visitors to share their views have been set up at the venue to encourage them to think together and communicate with one another.

Chapter 1: Imagine the "invisible risks"
Massive earthquake and volcanic eruption:
Expand your field of vision to encompass the whole world, or to cover a scale reaching back to 100,000 years ago. While unraveling the secrets behind the history of natural disasters, consider the possible risks that we could be exposed to in the future, and the potential damage that can arise from these risks.

The Fukushima nuclear accident is still ongoing today:
What happened during this accident, how did it progress, and what are the potential risks going forward? The exhibition considers the current state of the scattered radioactive substances as well as the impact on the health of residents due to radiation exposure, while incorporating survey results and the latest data.

Chapter 2: Our energy options are our choices of the future
The chaos that resulted from the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station brought into sharp relief the vulnerability of Japan's power systems. Going forward, what kind of energy should we adopt, how should we acquire it, and how should we use it? This section focuses on the renewable energy sources that we have been increasingly adopting after the earthquake disaster, and considers the potential and issues of such energy options.

● Installation exhibition "Practice #1 for Ensuring We Never Forget"
This installation exhibition allows visitors to experience the "present moment" in Namie Town, Fukushima Prefecture, which is part of the zone in which resident return would be difficult.
Living things that used to coexist with human beings continue living in places where humans can no longer be found. Here, there are lives that will cease to exist in the not-so-distant future, as well as newly created lives. By linking the exhibition venue with Namie Town through an Internet connection, visitors can imagine and experience the living things left behind in the places that are difficult for us to access, through live transmissions of videos and ambient sounds.

Production/Supervision: Hiroki Kobayashi (Lecturer/Kobayashi Lab at the Center for Spatial Information Science, The University of Tokyo)

●  Workshop by Science Communicators
Based on the topics presented in the panel exhibition, Miraikan's Science Communicators, together with the participants, discuss and consider the risks that are "invisible to us now", as well as "energy options."

Date and time: March 1 (Wed) - March 27 (Mon), 2017
  (1) 13:30 - 13:50; (2) 14:30 - 14:50
Registration: Please come directly to the venue.

Exhibition period
March 1 (Wed) - March 27 (Mon), 2017
1F, Communication Lobby, Miraikan
Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

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