US TOUR 2023 *18 : The Final Screening at the University of Utah

Screening at the University of Utah

We had our final screening on this US tour at the University of Utah today.  The number of people at this preview was small, but it was a very meaningful one. The University of Utah is also the place where we interviewed last year.

The audience included people from the University of Utah, who feel that they have a mission to tackle this problem because the university is located in an area where many people have been affected by the disaster, and a woman who had thyroid cancer in her 20s and still struggles with this problem. She invited us to her home for dinner, and we were able to talk about many things.  After the movie ended, what she told me while crying became an unforgettable memory.









Damage Across America

The problem of radiation exposure in America is too numerous to mention nationwide. For example, most people who worked in the uranium mines just near the University of Utah have died. In addition, pollutants there flowed into the river, and the indigenous people of the Navajo tribe suffered severe damage.

Because they were conducting nuclear tests in the country, there was a lot of damage in St. George, Las Vegas, and many other places. There are places where many children who spent their time in schools made from waste soil have been affected, and there is a truly endless problem of radiation exposure.

To conduct a nuclear test, it is necessary to procure materials to create an atomic bomb. Uranium is refined at St. Louis and plutonium at Hanford.










Discomfort with the phrase “the only country to have suffered atomic bombings”

Some people still say that Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic bombings, but that is not true at all. Although Japan was the site of the dropping of nuclear bombs, I have doubts about the use of the phrase “the only country to have suffered atomic bombings in war”. I’ve been having a feeling of discomfort with the phrase.

100 atomic bomb tests have been conducted in the United States, and the impact was tremendous.  Considering this, it is very difficult to define what constitutes a country that has suffered atomic bombings in war.

It is necessary to shift the way of thinking from the limited expression of this to the idea that it is global-scale radioactive contamination that affects all of us. Of course, there are high levels and low levels of radioactive substances depending on the area, but I don’t think this problem will be solved unless we recognize that we are all victims, not someone else’s problem.










The End of the First American Screening Tour

We held Six screenings in St. Louis, Salt Lake City, and St. George on this tour. It was a very meaningful tour for me because this was the first screening tour in the United States since I finished making this film. Next time, I think we will be visiting St. Louis, New York, Boston, etc. in October or November and we will be back in the United States to screen in January or February next year.

We will leave Salt Lake early tomorrow morning and transfer from Seattle to Narita, then to Haneda and back to my home, Matsuyama.






Hideaki Ito



Fallout project