After the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl (which recounted what happened at the nuclear power plant in 1986 that caused countless deaths), the production of another series was announced, portraying a similar case in Japan in 2011 when the disaster reached Fukushima. The news at the time covered the case extensively and doubts about what had really happened did not take long to appear. Days tells this story on Netflix.
"Over a period of seven days, it presents three different points of view from people involved in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as it experienced an extreme crisis caused by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The views come from government officials, employees of Tokyo Electric Power Company and employees of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant," so summarizes the official synopsis.
A nuclear accident that marked Japan
This incident was placed at the seventh level of the INES (International Nuclear Event Scale), which is the highest level. Although the disaster began in June 2021, it lasted until October 2021. The plant had been operating for 40 consecutive years and was affected when the T?hoku earthquake and tsunami hit the Japanese territory, and generated a nuclear disaster of unimaginable characteristics at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in ?kuma.
The damage produced by the earthquake caused the expansion of a tsunami that generated waves of 40 meters and advanced 10 km inland. The toll was 15,000 deaths and economic losses estimated at $235 billion.
The series begins when the earthquake and tsunami hit the nuclear power plant, causing flooding right where the emergency power generators were located. With no power and attempts by workers to get electricity back on, equipment began to overheat and three reactors exploded. The hero of this story is undoubtedly Masao Yoshida, the head of the nuclear plant (played by Koji Yakusho), the man who was in charge of stopping the disaster from escalating. The days accurately and very effectively covers the whole natural disaster and also how the hand of man failed to stop the chaos.
The fiction also features in its cast Yutaka Takenouchi as Maekawa, Fumiyo Kohinata as Prime Minister Azuma, Kaoru Kobayashi as Furuya, Takuma Otoo as Kinoshita and Ken Mitsuishi as Murakami among others. Hideo Nakata and Masaki Nishiura are the directors of the series based on the script by Jun Masumoto, who in turn took as a starting point the book written by Ryûshô Kadota called On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi (On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi).
Days is approached from three different points of view: the perspective of the government, the corporate organizations, and the people who were on site risking their lives. A series that just arrived on Netflix to remember what happened and all those who were hidden, and also to measure how it still continues to affect the inhabitants of the area.
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