Emperor Akihito’s address on the one-year anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake has been making waves in Japan after it was apparently censored on television networks for its direct reference to the nuclear disaster.
“As this earthquake and tsunami caused the nuclear power plant accident, those living in areas designated as the danger zone lost their homes and livelihoods and had to leave the places they used to live,” said the Emperor in the censored remarks. “In order for them to live there again safely, we have to overcome the problem of radioactive contamination, which is a formidable task.”
The remarks would appear to contradict the Japanese government’s official stance that the nuclear crisis is over. Listen to the full uncensored speech of the emperor in the video above with as-yet-unseen footage from Ishinomaki filmed four months after the Tsunami by Japan-based filmmaker Michael McAteer.