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Japan one year on from Fukushima

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 08 March 2012

The Japan nuclear disaster - one year on, the impact it's had on families. What brings about social change? Girls, public speaking and debating. Plus the Funny Women comedy challenge.

Presenter Jenni Murray.
Producer Sarah Johnson.

Chapters

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  • Japan Nuclear Disaster - One Year On

    We hear from Rika Mashiko who attended protests in Tokyo. Jenni is joined by Dr Peter Wynn Kirby; environmental anthropologist at Oxford University & Mariko Oi; the BBC’s business reporter for Asia.

  • Mary Robinson

    Former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, discusses a presentation to both houses of parliament asking for greater investment internationally in family planning.

  • What Brings About Social Change?

    Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, and lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary’s University, Helen McCarthy, join Jenni to discuss.

  • Funny Women

    Jenni is joined by Lynne Parker, founder of Funny Women and Deb Leary OBE, CEO of Forensic Pathways & President of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs.

  • Girls and Debating

    Alice Coombes Huntley; a successful debater now in her first year at Bristol University and Sayeqa Islam, Strategic Initiatives Leader for Speech and Debate at the English Speaking Union join Jenni.

  • MARY ROBINSON

    More than 215 million women want the ability to choose when and how many children to have, yet have no access to voluntary family planning services. Family planning aid trails behind other health funding. Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson will address the UK parliament today to state the economic and social cases for greater investment in family planning. She joins Jenni to discuss.

  • FUKUSHIMA MOTHERS & PROTEST

    A year ago this Sunday the largest earthquake ever recorded shook the seabed about 40 miles off the coast of Japan. It triggered a series of tsunamis, some 130 feet high, which left almost total destruction inland, some 15 thousand people dead, and thousands more still missing. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was badly damaged in what was one of the most serious civil nuclear accidents in history. Key safety systems failed, causing explosions and a release of radiation, and thousands of people had to be evacuated from the area. Women rarely take part in civil protests or politics in Japan, but angry at the government reaction to the disaster, Japanese women were moved to stand up to call for better protection of families affected by radiation. So what has been the impact of the disaster on women, their children and families? How have they been protesting? And what is the significance of these protests in a country where women in particular shy away from speaking out? We hear from one protestor, Rika Mashiko, as she protested in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo in February this year. And Jenni Murray also speaks to the BBC’s Mariko Oi, who grew up in Japan and has been back to visit seven times since the earthquake, and to Dr Peter Wynn Kirby of the University of Oxford – an environmental anthropologist who studies Japan and nuclear risk.

    Japan: Coping With Disaster will be on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday at 13:30

    Japan: Coping With Disaster
  • GIRLS & DEBATING

    This Saturday sees one of the biggest events in the debating calendar’s year: the final of the Oxford Union Schools’ Debating Competition. It still seems to be something that attracts more boys than girls – but might that change? What are the useful life skills that might benefit any girl who learns to have a reasoned argument out loud? Or is debating actually an outmoded, unnecessarily oppositional art that girls might do well to avoid? To debate the issue Jenni is joined by Alice Coombes Huntley - a successful debater now in her first year at Bristol University - and by Sayeqa Islam, Strategic Initiatives Leader for Speech and Debate at the English Speaking Union.

  • WHAT BRINGS ABOUT SOCIAL CHANGE?

    There is a lot to celebrate with regards the changes we have seen since the first International Women’s Day was marked in 1911. But we’re not there yet. It’s widely accepted that laws have not achieved gender equality, and it only takes an economic downturn to see how quickly positive changes in employment and childcare are undermined. So how have the social changes that we have seen to date come about, and what might we learn from them to progress well in the future? Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, and lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary’s University, Helen McCarthy, join Jenni to discuss.

  • FUNNY WOMEN

    Funny Women have been nurturing and championing female comedy talent for the last decade. Tonight they celebrate their 10th anniversary with their Charity Challenge event, which sees ten women from the worlds of business, media and academia try their hand at stand-up comedy for the first time. The founder of Funny Women, Lynne Parker, joins Jenni to talk comedy and women, along with business woman Deb Leary OBE, who will be taking to the stage for the Charity Challenge event. 

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