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Fukushima plant was scary 32 years ago, says manga author

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(Shigeru Mizuki)

Shigeru Mizuki, a manga author known for works featuring "yokai" ghouls and hobgoblins, seems to have had a premonition about the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant as far back as 1979.
His striking illustrations of life inside the facility, where workers are struggling to contain leakage of radioactive material caused by meltdowns following the March 11 earthquake, first appeared 32 years ago in Asahi Graph, a pictorial magazine which has since been discontinued. The illustrations vividly depicted severe working conditions faced by front-line plant workers as well as shoddy rules on safety management.
Now those illustrations have been published in book form for the first time under the title of "Fukushima Genpatsu no Yami" (The darkness of the Fukushima nuclear plant). The book, from Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc., came out on Aug. 19.
The illustrations were originally published in the Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 issues of Asahi Graph in 1979, the same year that the meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in the United States occurred, under the title of "Paipu no Mori no Horosha" (The wanderers of the forest of pipes).
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Mizuki's drawings are accompanied by texts written by Kunio Horie, a nonfiction writer who pretended to be a subcontract worker so he could get a first-hand look at conditions inside the Fukushima plant. He wrote a book titled "Genpatsu Jipushi" (Nuclear plant gypsies) based on that experience.
Before working on his drawings, Mizuki visited the Fukushima plant with Horie to see what the exterior of the plant buildings looked like. Based on Horie's stories of working there, the manga writer relied on his imagination to recreate the scenery inside.

One of his illustrations features heavily-suited plant workers ladling sludge that had accumulated at the bottom of a tank into buckets. Another illustration features pipes running across the turbine building.
Through his detailed artwork, Mizuki conveys a sense of tension and the stifling atmosphere of life inside a nuclear plant.
An editor who was working for Asahi Graph at the time said Mizuki, who served in the military as a low-ranking soldier during the World War II, appeared to be seeing himself in the plant workers.
"What I drew 32 years ago had slipped back into obscurity, but nuclear plants are scary," Mizuki commented.

By TS on Sep 16, 2011
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