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Nissan Leaf-Owning Actor: Electricity Good, Nuclear… Not So Much

2011’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan brought energy use into sharp focus.

Such events frequently cause grids to fail, but it was the inundation and subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear facility that garnered the most attention, and the disaster has turned the public strongly against nuclear power in the country.

With the release of a Japanese film inspired by the events in 2011, lead actor Isao Natsuyagi took the time to comment on nuclear energy–while picking up the keys to his own Nissan Leaf electric car.

In the film, Isao-san is a dairy farmer in a fictional prefecture of Japan, when an earthquake triggers a nuclear meltdown like that at Fukushima–near to his character’s home.

Natsuyagi says he’s quite similar to the character he portrays, believing energy discussion highly important.


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