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Stuck with radiation

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 04:05

Nov. 28 - Nearly three years after Japan's nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, one masked street artist and Tokyo’s answer to Banksy looks to show people that like the stickers he posts, radiation also sticks around. Produced by Chris Meyers.

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NO REPORTER NARRATION (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) ANONYMOUS STREET ARTIST 281_ANTI NUKE SAYING: "All I'm doing is trying to use my art to show people there's still danger." "In order to show people this invisible threat of radiation," "revealing my personality or myself would be a distraction." "I just want people to get the message and think without worrying about who made it." Stuck with Radiation "The nuclear disaster really was the start for me." "Through that I really was able to see the nature of Japan." "I realized that quite a few things had been hidden." "I want my art to be a signpost." "So that someone can look at it and know to watch out or know what's happening." "If someone looks at it and thinks for 10 seconds or even 1 second then I'm happy." (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 20-YEAR-OLD PASSERBY RISE TAKAGI SAYING: "Yeah I know of his work. It's stuck all around here." "I think it's cool, very cool. He's got my support and wishes for the best." (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) BOOK SHOP OWNER THAT SELLS 281'S STICKERS KEISUKE NARITA SAYING: "After the earthquake and nuclear disaster, there was an increase in protests." "So you had more people who came out and were able" "to say they thought something was wrong. " "So I think the number of people who understand stickers like 281's has definitely increased." "They're the best thing for showing what's going on in Japan right now." "He does work on the street though, and Tokyo's rules against graffiti" "are extremely tough so that's likely why he has to hide his identity." (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) ANONYMOUS STREET ARTIST 281_ANTI NUKE SAYING: "The best would be someday being able to quit. That would be great." "If not just nukes but everything starts moving in the right direction, or gets solved" "then I'd have no purpose and fade away." "But I don't think that would be a bad thing." "If nothing changes though, then I will indeed be drawing for the rest of my life." "Fukushima is a huge public contamination disaster" "and we don't know what the effects are yet." "Even if it turns out that I was mistaken and that everything was safe," "it's still too early to tell." "So I for one plan to keep kicking up a fuss."

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Stuck with radiation

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 04:05