How can we revive a community?
The first question for Mr Sugiuchi was: 'How can we revive a community?' He reasoned that 'First we have to face reality as reality. Then, from there, we have no choice but to consider what we can do. For me, that was preventing the further ruin of the land, and finding a practical way to move forward.'
The first clue came from Chernobyl, Ukraine. Perhaps unsurprisingly, in the days, weeks and years following the disaster, commentators frequently looked to Chernobyl. Having experienced its own nuclear accident in 1986, it was often the only comparison available when trying to hypothesise on the possible grim, long-term effects for Fukushima, such as increased instanced of thyroid cancer. Three months after the accident, it provided Mr Sugiuchi with ideas for regeneration.