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BBC World Service announces Fukushima audio drama exploring the 2011 nuclear disaster
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BBC World Service announces Fukushima audio drama exploring the 2011 nuclear disaster

Press Release · London, UK · via BBC · · Updated

BBC World Service today (25 April) announces the launch of Fukushima, a new seven-part drama series exploring the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.

In March 2011, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan’s history triggered a tsunami which sent five to ten metre waves into coastal towns and cities, killing thousands.

Water barrelled over the seawall protecting the Fukushima nuclear power plant, flooding its basements and cutting power. It led to the world’s most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

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The stricken power plant became a ticking timebomb, a threat to life in Japan and beyond. As the energy company and politicians in Tokyo lost control, the reactors became unstable and a “suicide squad” of older workers was sent inside.

Akiko is a journalism student who, 10 years after the disaster, goes in search of the story behind the headlines, of how it unfolded and the consequences for the country.

Simon Pitts, Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service English, said: “Fukushima is a compelling drama that powerfully explores the 2011 disaster.

“Through the eyes of a young journalist the story follows events as they unfold, and interrogates the aftermath and the lasting effects. We’re thrilled to have a cast of brilliant and accomplished actors and crew to bring the story to life, and look forward to sharing Fukushima with our listeners across the world.”

Fukushima is narrated by twice Golden Globe nominated actress Romola Garai, and stars Togo Igawa, Ami Okumura Jones and Eiji Mihari.

It was written by Adrian Penket and produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko. It was commissioned by Simon Pitts for the BBC World Service.

Fukushima premieres on Monday 15 May 2023 and weekly thereafter on BBC Sounds as well as other podcast platforms. There are seven episodes. For more information visit

It will broadcast as a radio series on the BBC World Service weekly from Wednesday 31 May at 11:30 BST.


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