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Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 15:30 - 16:30

Verdict for NHK vs. French journalist evacuated in the wake of Fukushima nuclear accident
Emmanuelle Bodin
Former Anchor for NHK's French Language Service
Kazuyuki Azusawa
Language:The speech and Q & A will be in English and Japanese with English interpretation

 Does a journalist have right to evacuate when she feels her life was threatened by radiation? The Tokyo district court will give its verdict in the NHK vs. French journalist's evacuation case on November 16.

 In the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in March 2011, the French embassy in Tokyo issued an evacuation order, advising its citizens living in the vicinity of Tokyo to evacuate the area because of the fear that radiation might reach the overcrowded capital.

 Emmanuelle Bodin, an anchor and translator for NHK for 20 years, followed the order and temporarily left Tokyo on March 15, after obtaining a permission to take a leave of absence from her manager. She was planning to return to Tokyo and resume her work on March 30, but NHK sent her a letter on March 22, expressing its intention to terminate her contract.

 Bodin says before leaving Tokyo, she got the all clear from her managers at NHK and took steps to ensure her work would be covered by her colleagues. After negotiations with NHK failed, she took the case to the court in January 2013, demanding the restoration of her contract.

 She and her lawyer argued that NHK’s unilateral termination under the obviously difficult circumstances of the nuclear disaster was unfair and unjust, while NHK claimed that it had the right to fire her when she failed to fulfill her contractual obligation.The verdict is being closely watched by many because it is likely to affect other similar cases, where employers fired workers for missing their work resulting from the evacuation in the wake of Fukushima nuclear disaster.

 Bodin and her lawyer Kazuyuki Azusawa will hold a press conference on the two-and-half-year long trial and verdict.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.     

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Emmanuelle Bodin                    Kazuyuki Azusawa



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