Interview: Violinist Gitlis Sees Need for Education After Nuclear Disaster (News)


Paris, Jan. 26 (Jiji Press)—Globally renowned violinist Ivry Gitlis, who has close ties to areas of Japan devastated by the March 2011 disaster, has emphasized the role of education for the next generation to overcome the risks of nuclear power.

In a recent interview with Jiji Press in French, Gitlis described the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as a result of an "unfortunate wedding" of natural disaster and human foolishness.

"Requiem," the prizewinning 2012 photograph by Ōta Nobuko. (Courtesy Nippon Foundation) Requiem, the prizewinning 2012 photograph by Ōta Nobuko. (Courtesy Nippon Foundation)

On March 11, 2012, a year after the disaster, the virtuoso from Israel visited Rikuzentakata in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Iwate to see the "miracle lone pine tree."

Deeply moved by the only tree in a pine forest in the city's Pacific coastal district to survive the massive tsunami, the violinist started to play a requiem on the spot.

Amateur photographer Ōta Nobuko, a resident of the Iwate capital of Morioka, happened to be there and took a photo of Gitlis. Entitled Requiem, it won first prize in a photo contest sponsored by the Nippon Foundation, which had asked for pictures related to the disaster.

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