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Nuchi nu Miji – Okinawa’s Water of Life

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
3:00pm – 6:00pm

Avery Point Campus

Please join us this coming Tuesday, March 21, at 3 pm, in the Avery Point auditorium to view an important film and meet the filmmakers.

Nuchi nu Miji – Okinawa’s Water of Life portrays Okinawans’ struggle for justice in one of the worst environmental catastrophes in modern Japanese history. Since 2016, the drinking water for 450,000 residents, roughly one third of the population, has been contaminated with military PFAS “Forever Chemicals”­– but the Japanese and US governments have refused to resolve the problem. Featuring interviews, archive footage and documents obtained via the US Freedom of Information Act, Nuchi nu Miji uncovers the truth about what has been happening on Okinawa and reveals why so many residents feel abandoned by both Tokyo and Washington.

The filmmakers, Shimabukuro Natsuko and Jon Mitchell, will also be present.

Shimabukuro Natsuko is a director with Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. Her documentaries about Okinawan history, politics, and environmental problems have won Japan’s top TV prizes, including the prestigious Galaxy Award. She is a member of Waseda University’s Institute for the Next Generation of Journalism and Media. Jon Mitchell is a correspondent with Okinawa Times and the author of four books about Okinawa’s environment, including Poisoning the Pacific (Rowman & Littlefield), a winner in the 2021 US Society of Environmental Journalists’ book awards. He is a visiting researcher at Meiji Gakuin University’s International Peace Research Institute, Tokyo.

The event is being organized by Maritime Studies Affiliate Faculty and Professor of History Alexis Dudden. See the attached flyer.


History Department (primary), Asian American Studies Institute, Maritime Studies, UConn Master Calendar

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