10 Years from 3.11 ~ Discussion on the Future of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and Energy Policy ~ SUGIZO, TOSHI-LOW, Junya Ogawa
2021/2/24 Event Report
A decade has passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.
Shortly before the 10th anniversary of 3.11, on February 24, 2021, KIMINITOU hosted its first live talk session, “A Discussion on the Future of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and Energy Policy” at LOFT9 Shibuya.
The guests were TOSHI-LOW (BRAHMAN, OAU), who has been rushing to the disaster-stricken areas in Tohoku and other parts of Japan since the earthquake to support recovery efforts, and SUGIZO (LUNA SEA, X JAPAN), who has high interest in energy issues and continues to take action for global issues and the future. They are great partners who have worked together to support various disaster-stricken areas and restoration events. We also welcomed Junya Ogawa, a member of the House of Representatives whose top priorities include creation of a sustainable energy policy in Japan.
The event was moderated by Joe Yokomizo, editor-in-chief of KIMINITOU, who continues to cover the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant since the disaster.
Discussion between artists, politicians, and journalists; such collaboration is one of the purposes of this media. And delivering music along with “words”, is also a cherished means of expression for this media.
In the talk session, each from their own standpoint, discussed the issues on contaminated water, the decade after the accident, and what kind of society and politics we should aim for in the future.
In the live concert, TOSHI-LOW and SUGIZO, who call each other ally and friend, became the beacon of hope for recovery and performed the famous song “Full Moon Evening,” which has been played in many places affected by the disaster, as well as LUNA SEA's “With Love,” which TOSHI-LOW selected after six hours of discussion with young LUNA SEA fans, and “Kanae-no-toi” by BRAHMAN. Although they have shared the stage many times, this was their first time to perform together. They also named their new unit “SUGI-LOW”.
The talk started with a report by Joe Yokomizo, who had just made his sixth visit to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant the day before, sharing the report on the latest situation inside the plant, ten years after the accident. This was followed by a dialogue between Junya Ogawa and SUGIZO.
Ways to Create a New Post-COVID Communities
Interview: Shinji Miyadai (Sociologist) × Masaya Mifune (Musician/ROTH BART BARON)
“Capitalism” and “Technology” have advanced and the destruction of traditional communities has progressed.
But now, we have witnessed these huge communities created by capitalism and technology floundering in confusion by the Coronavirus crisis.
When considering “post-COVID”, it seems urgent to create a new community.
We asked musician Masaya Mifune and sociologist Shinji Miyadai to discuss this, in search of a clue.
ROTH BART BARON Masaya Mifune, continues to seek a unique connection with his fans in their community, PALACE. Shinji Miyadai, a sociologist has sharply cut through modern society with his historical perspective and vast fieldwork.
The dialogue between the top young creator and the ever-evolving intellectual giant is full of hints for creating a new community.
Specific measures for the music industry’s recovery from COVID damages with government’s 1 trillion-yen supplementary budget
Talk：Taiji Sato × Umezo Kato（CEO of Loft Project）× Keisuke Murakami（Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry）
The music industry has been hugely damaged by the Coronavirus crisis.
Despite efforts to fight back during extremely difficult times, a solution to overcome the problem has not been found.
How can the situation be improved to start a new form of live entertainment?
On January 21st 2021, under the state of emergency 3 men gathered: Mr. Taiji Sato (musician and organizer of the fully solar powered rock festival, ‘THE SOLAR BUDOKAN’, also held in 2020), Mr. Umezo Kato (President of the Loft Project, established Japanese live music club), and Mr. Keisuke Murakami (General Manager of Management Support Department, Small and Medium Business Administration, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry） Mr. Murakami has also suggested a business restructuring subsidy of 1 trillion yen on January 28th at the Third supplementary budget.
Having walked different paths but sharing the same birth year of 1967, they had a heated discussion about how they can support the music industry.
Realization of Life and Death Explained by MahiToThePeople (GEZAN): “What makes us alive”
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Vocalist of GEZAN, MahiToThePeople published his novel “Ginga de Ichiban Shizukana Kakumei” (The Quietest Revolution in the Galaxy) in 2019, and continues his various activities such as appearing in “Hakai No Hi” (The Day of Destruction) a movie produced and released amid the coronavirus crisis.
The music festival “Zenkankakusai” (‘All Senses Festival’), hosted by their independent label “Jusangatsu” since 2014, is drawing attention with its unprecedented concept of tipping as admission system and free food. During the self-restraint period, the festival changed its form to “ZenkankakuSAI (the Chinese character for ‘SAI’ was changed to represent ‘vegetables’ instead of ‘festival’),” and created a farm on a live venue rooftop, and sold seeds and seedlings of vegetables and flowers using the tipping system. In addition, to celebrate the start of their farm, a 30-hour-drum-marathon by the drummer of GEZAN was broadcasted. As such, they have continuously challenged to overthrow people’s values.
Each of the actions and activities are his “battle” and “revolution” against the world.
What is he fighting against, and what is he trying to transform――?
Kaoru, DIR EN GREY Destination of unchanging strength and expression – “A moment will come when accumulated energy will explode”
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DIR EN GREY has a unique presence in the Japanese music scene. Having “pain” as the theme of expression ever since the band started, they have dealt with topics such as abortion, domestic violence, and war. They pick up “the dark sides” of the world and thrust them before us.
Having depicted social distortion, how do they see this situation where dystopia seems to have become a reality, and where are they headed--? We ask Kaoru, the band leader and guitarist, who produces all their music.
Masaya Mifune of ROTH BART BARON talks about the change of values: “Human’s creativity is being tested now”
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On the 28th of February, the day Masaya Mifune of ROTH BART BARON was visiting Sapporo City, it declared a state of emergency. He says, “my blood ran cold when I heard about it”. Thereafter, planned performance at Meguro Persimmon Hall on the 30th May was postponed. From then on, Mifune has been energetically giving live performances through Instagram and online broadcasting.
With folk rock as its roots, ROTH BART BARON produces music that transcends that boundary and has fans worldwide. Triggered by their online broadcasting, the band is expanding their audience around the world.
What should we think about right now, as we witness a major change in values? Mifune’s words contain many hints.
Prescription for “fear” and “solitude” presented by Taiji Sato “If we don’t communicate love, the virus will divide us”
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When holding large-scale events seemed difficult under the circumstances, every host of every festival was pressed for a decision whether to hold it or cancel it. As an organizer of “THE SOLAR BUDOKAN 2020”, a rock festival using solar-powered system, Taiji Sato held numerous discussion with his staff and decided to hold the event as no audience live broadcast + audience pre-recording. This strength “not to stop.” is a consistent belief of his.
As a father of two, while spending the coronavirus crisis with his children he saw the problem of Japanese education. As a man who have sang about love consistently, what recommendation does he have?
Changes brought to Ryohei Shima (the dresscodes), post Coronavirus – “Overturning common practice and traditional values are the fundamental of Art”
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Ryohei Shima (the dresscodes) is a multi-talented musician and author, who writes and composes his own songs. To mark the 10th anniversary of his major label debut, Shima released the ‘best’ album titled ‘ID10+’, in April during Coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, anniversary tours planned with the release was postponed.
How does Shima, who has a reputation for deep theme and delicate expressions, perceive the cataclysmic changes to the world brought about by Coronavirus? Throughout the interview, he discusses what he noticed in his own life, as well as the radical change of society from his point of view during his self-restricted period.