“RESCUE SQUAD-Fixers in Fukushima and North East Tsunami Affected Area”

RESCUE SQUAD-Fixers in Fukushima and North East Tsunami Affected Area”

Alongside World Rugby Cup 2019 and Tokyo Olympic 2020,
we are to serve for Foreign Journalists and Media to cover the best investigative stories in Japan.

Special Fixing Program: October2019 -September 2020
JFJN launched a special task force of local journalists to fix study trip program in Fukushima and North East Japan Tsunami Affected Area.


Why has to be JFJN for Fukushima and Disasters Affected Area in North East Japan, News Coverage?

JFJN is an endorsed fixers/journalists network by Reporters Without Border in Paris

JAPAN:Fixers and journalists network seen as guarantor of uncensored Fukushima coverage」RSF



Second, additionally,  we were introduced by FCCJ, Number 1. Shimbun

Lucy Birmingham, an international renown journalist introduced us-JFJN as a rescue squad for Fukushima and Tsunami coverage



Latest Performances 

Oversea Media Exposure in 2019


National Geographic 

Returning to Fukushima

The Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant in Fukushima suffered a meltdown in 2011. Now, Japan has a plan for residents to return to the area.

Fixer/Researcher- Hiroko Aihara (Journalist/Fixer, JFJN)

Translator-Makiko Segawa (JFJN)



The Daily Express

Fukushima: Despite health threats, the Japanese government urges residents to return

FAMILIES who fled nuclear meltdown in Fukushima are being urged to return to their homes ahead of the Tokyo Olympics

Fixer /Translator-Makiko Segawa (JFJN)



Mr. Japanization

À Fukushima, ces « mamans scientifiques » luttent contre les radiations

Coordinator/Translator- Makiko Segawa (Journalist/Fixer, JFJN)



Tour Routes

Fukushima Field Work- Group Study Trip For Journalists and Non-Journalists


Route 1

Study Route to study on aftermath and damages of Nuclear and Tsunami Disasters inside 20 km zone

〈Time Code〉

8:00  Departure from Tokyo To Japan by a train

11:00  Arrive at JR Iwaki station in Fukushima

11:30 J Village (where an Olympic torch will start as a first site in Naraha town, Fukushima, 20 km away from Fukushima Daiichi Nuke Power Plant)

12:00  Lunch

13:00  Going up into exclusion zone inside 20 km alongside route 6, visiting nuclear waste sites and cleaning up sites.

14:00  Visit a memorial museum and facilities with 8 years of archives since 3.11

15:00 Visit graveyard and affiliated facilities with remembering Tsunami victims

16:00 Visit the prohibited areas where evacuees cannot still return back

17:00 Going back to Tokyo

20:00  Arrival  in Tokyo


Route 2

1st Study Route to study on health issue by Nuclear Disaster

〈Time Code〉

7:00 Departure from Tokyo to Fukushima

1100 Arrival in Fukushima city, meeting and interviewing staff member who are doing independent radiation measurement on a grass root and staff member at citizen investigation room

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Lecture by an expert regarding thyroid cancer and health damage

14:00 Independent individual measurement on several spots in north parts of Fukushima using Geiger  counters.

15:00 Visit temporary storage of nuclear waste

16:00 Interviewing some citizen whose health were damaged after the nuclear explosion.

17:00 Return back to Tokyo

21:00  Arrival to Tokyo


Route 3

2nd Study Route to study an health issue in Fukushima

〈Time Code〉

800 Departure from Tokyo to Iwaki city, Fukushima

1100 Arrivial in Iwaki, interviewing and meeting independent NGO that has conducted independent survey on their own food, soils and environment including thyroid checking

12:00 Lunch

13:00 An medical expert explains about situation of thyroid cancer and health damage in Fukushima

14:00 Visit nuclear waste storage alongside the coast line

16:00 Listen to the lecture with citizens who are anxious about their health condition

17:00 Return back to Tokyo

19:00 Arrival in Tokyo


*   During this study program, a JFJN journalist will give a lecture to participants, explaining with details




Hiroko Aihara 


Senior Specialist for Fukushima and North East Japan Disaster Areas 


Journalist. Born in Fukushima city, Fukushima. After about her 20 years commitment for a local newspaper as a news desk and correspondent, she became an independent journalist. Since after 3.11 North East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Explosion Accident, she has been fully engaged in an independent investigative journalism, reportage in depth into evacuees, affected residents and local communities. Alongside Fukushima, she has been accelerating level of her investigation widely and deeply  into other nuclear affected sites across the world including nuclear tested zone in Marshall islands, three miles nuclear site in United States, and other nuclear victims in New Mexico etc. Furthermore, she has developed her coverage in England, Vietnam and other countries where Japanese Cooperates has planned to support nuclear business projects. Scholarship student-researcher granted by Fulbright Program (2005: Miami University), a member of International Freelance Journalist Union, a member of Peace Studies Institution of Japan, and a member of Newspaper OB Article 9. 



Makiko Segawa


Supervisor and guide for Fukushima and North East Japan Tsunami, Earthquake Affected Area

 Journalist and Fixer. Worked as a fixer and also as a journalist, since a few days after 3.11 North East Japan Tsunami, Earthquake and Fukushima Nuclear Explosion Accident for a numerous oversea media  including Telegraph, The Daily Express, Sunday Times, TF1, France 24, VICE, Channel News Asia, El Mund, ORF, etc. In 2015, on a purpose to reinforce a fixers’ unit to guide oversea media and intellectuals around Fukushima and Tsunami Affected area in north east Japan, launched Japan Fixers & Journalists Network, which is a rescue squad for investigative journalism in disasters’ areas. A founder and director of Japan Fixers & Journalists Network.  Japan Correspondent of Reporters Without Borders since 2012.


Shun Kirishima

Investigative and Undercover Journalist/Fixer

Specialist for Fukushima Coverage

Investigative journalist.  Specialized in the field of nuclear plant, energy and disasters . Since 3.11 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, he became an independent journalist-specializing undercover, writing a serial reportage for weekly magazines  based on his 9 month experience working as a nuclear worker in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. In addition to his work as a journalist, he collaborated with VICE, France Channel 3, Channel News Asia and many other oversea media as a fixer. In 2018, was invited as a guest speaker in Germany in a part of program “EUROPEAN ACTION WEEKS” (https://www.esdw.eu) sharing his lectures about his experience at Fukushima Daiichi Nuke Power Plant and current reports on Fukushima  at more than 15 places such as schools 

Link of his articles in Japanese  https://friday.kodansha.co.jp/article/51594


Rie Kimura

Coordinator & Guide in Tsunami Affected North East Japan

Born in Kesnnuma city, Miyagi Prefecture. Since 1990’s, strongly participated in human right activities and studying about nuclear power plants. She lost her father and a house by Tsunami in Kesennuma city, because of 3.11 North East Japan Great Tsunami and Earthquake. She has started an evacuation retreatment house for Tsunami victims in Bali island, Island after acquiring a license of physical therapist.Through her deep connection into local communities in Tsunami affected area, she can coordinate a study program visiting social issues and places where still 3.11 has continued to torn out the scars of victims and communities. 

Examples of visiting sites : Fishermen, local story teller of Tsunami, Tsunami surviving Sake breweries, photos archive facility, Tsunami affected ruins, anti Tsunami walls, elderly evacuees who were relocated to new government’s housing and temporary houses. 

In 2018, in Tokyo, she held an open lecture with a title “ Tokyo Olympic Seen By An Eye of North East Japan Tsunami Survivor”
Fixer’s rate: 50,000 yen  a day〜

Contact: makikosegawa@jfjn.jp  or info@jfjn.jp

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