The Japanese distributor of ‘A2-B-C’ (WEBSITE), my documentary about children living in Fukushima, is cancelling all domestic screenings of the film. They are also canceling the contract to distribute the film in Japan, despite there being more than two years remaining on the agreement.
It is not clear to me how much of this decision is the result of actual censorship and how much is self-censorship. My feeling is that it is self-censorship based on the fear of a potential censorship problem at some point in the future. If this is the case, then it is an example of the terrifying and wide-reaching affect of the Secrecy Law (INFO). This law does not even need to be enforced for its affect to be felt: its mere existence causes people to engage in self-censorship, imposing on themselves the very crackdown that the drafters of the legislation had surely envisioned.
It it is no longer possible to have honest, open discussions and debates about what is happening in Fukushima, and the cancellation of all domestic screenings of ‘A2-B-C’ is merely the symptom of a disease that has infected Free Speech in Japan.