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

An essay on May 2021 TOK essay Prescribed Title #3 must be centered on how labels are used in a positive way to organize information but in negative ways as well.

The museum RLE and the actual earthquake / tsunami have a number of connections to labels:

  • Different ways that different people label the reasons for the construction of the museum
  • How the museum incident is labelled in different ways by people from Fukushima vs. officials
  • How the government’s and TEPCO response to the earthquake / tsunami is labelled in different ways by different groups
  • How local and national politics directly influenced labeling