Text: “Don’t criticize government or TEPCO, guides in Fukushima told.” Shoko Rikimaru and Shinichi Sekine / The Asahi Shimbun.

“Tour guides are bristling at instructions not to criticize the central government or Tokyo Electric Power Co. when speaking to visitors at a recently opened memorial museum to the 2011 triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The instructions have left some Fukushima residents who signed up to be guides feeling perplexed and sparked anger in others.

The museum in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, opened on Sept. 20 with the objective of passing on to visitors the lessons learned from the nuclear disaster triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.” http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13752941

May 2021 TOK essay Prescribed Title #2 is focused on investigating differences between change and progress. The museum RLE (and the earthquake itself) has numerous links to this prescribed title:

  • How the current situation in the Fukushima area may or may not represent progress (e.g. rebuilding, economic revival, radiation levels)
  • Whether or not the new museum represents progress in the treatment of people in the Fukushima region by the government and TEPCO
  • How the rescue / recovery effort in the aftermath of the earthquake / tsunami may or may not indicate progress has been compared to earlier disasters