Who’s Who: Atsuo Nakamura~ Actor/Activist
In 2007, he became Chairperson of the Environment Committee of the the Japan PEN Club, and after the Fukushima Daiichi NPS accident in 2011, he invited CNIC co-directors Hideyuki Ban and Baku Nishio to deliver a talk to writers about the problems of nuclear power development.
“This will be my final work and lifework.” Having turned 77, Mr. Nakamura started on the project of a solo reading play, entitled Senryōkei ga Naru (“The Dosimeter Beeps”), which he wrote alone. The play is a monologue of an aged man, who was born and raised in a town hosting a nuclear power station, who worked for the station, but lost everything due to a nuclear accident. Currently Mr. Nakamura himself appears on the stage, but hopes that many people will raise their hands and perform and deliver this play nationwide. It seems that he has produced a reading play having this hope in mind; performers can present the reading show without memorizing the script.
Mr. Nakamura was born in Tokyo, but to avoid bombing raids by U.S. forces during the Second World War, he moved to Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, where his father was from. Probably because of this experience, he has special feelings about the Fukushima Daiichi NPS accident. “I wanted to complete the play immediately after the accident, but the problems are complicated and multifaceted. A long period of time passed while I visited Fukushima repeatedly, visited Chernobyl, and collected information,” he says.
In autumn 2016, he finally completed the play, which is a one-act play in four scenes. Mr. Nakamura calls this play an “enlightening drama.” Instead of moving the emotions of the audience by inspiring feelings, the play points out the problems, enabling the audience to wake themselves up and acquire a new point of view. The stage view of this play is simple — an actor and a screen, the only stage set, on which data is shown to compensate for the script. The attention of the audience concentrates intensely on the simple stage. Each performance of the play attracts a great many people.