• A Little Box of Milk is an ongoing documentary project concerning the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake in Japan in 2011, particularly focussing on the nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant. Now two years on, the leakage of radioactive materials continues to pose an invisible threat to the lives of the people. My mother told me that she regularly sends cartons of long-life milk made in Okayama to my brother in Tokyo. Much of the milk sold in Tokyo is said to come from the Tohoku area, potentially still contaminated by radiation. My brother is worried about this, not wanting his two sons to drink radiated milk, and so asks my mother to send this milk from Okayama, which is quite a distance away from Fukushima. My nephew is permitted to bring his own carton of milk to his primary school instead of drinking the milk provided by the school. This small issue sparked my interest in the issue and gave rise to this project. It made me travel back to my home country and document the conditions in Japan. On the surface, the day-to-day effects of the nuclear disaster seem to be diminishing as time passes. Yet in reality, there are still problems at the nuclear plant in Fukushima. The photographs of this project are not a series of images of the catastrophe itself. Two years on, I have put together pieces showing the way in which this earthquake had such a variety of long-term effects, giving rise to a potentially never ending story.
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