Program on U.S.-Japan Relations

Film poster for Containment The Program on U.S.-Japan Relations collaborated with two Harvard faculty members, Peter Galison (Joseph Pellegrino University Professor, Department of History of Science) and Robb Moss (Harvard College Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies), on their recently released film, Containment. The film investigates the problem of accumulating radioactive waste from civilian and military nuclear programs, and offers an in-depth coverage of three particular sites, including the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

The Program supported the filming of on-camera interviews of Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan, and Yoichi Funabashi, chairman of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF) and former editor in chief of Asahi Shimbun, who led the independent investigation of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. In addition, the Program offered access to the images and videos inside the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which are archived at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

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Poster for Containment. In February 2014, Professors Galison and Moss discussed the making of the film Containment (2015) in a Program on U.S.-Japan Relations’ seminar. For more information on the film, please visit