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University of Kent graduate's documentary on climate crisis in Japan to air on KMTV


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A documentary that producers say will make viewers sit up and take notice of the "sheer pace of the climate crisis" is set to air on KMTV.

Called Coastal Tourism: Japan’s Sinking Sector, the film focuses on the disappearance of the country's coastline and how academics are attempting to combat this before it is too late.

Coastal Tourism: Japan’s Sinking Sector will premiere on KMTV next week
Coastal Tourism: Japan’s Sinking Sector will premiere on KMTV next week

The picture was produced by former University of Kent graduate Ayaka Shida-Sasaki, who shot it entirely on an iPhone during the pandemic.

Executive producer Cameron Tucker said: "Many have, unfortunately, become desensitised to headlines surrounding the impacts of climate change.

"Ayaka’s film, however, makes you sit up at the sheer pace of this crisis.

"Ayaka has produced a very accomplished first piece of filmmaking.

"Shooting completely on an iPhone under some of the world’s strictest lockdown rules, all the while under guidance from us via Zoom in the UK, means producing this documentary is no mean feat."

The documentary was shot exclusively on an iPhone by a University of Kent graduate
The documentary was shot exclusively on an iPhone by a University of Kent graduate

Former University of Kent academic Dr. Takahiro Kubo, whose research the film is based on, previously warned that by the year 2100 the majority of Japan’s beaches will have disappeared.

“We're in a race against time to understand the impact these changes will have on my country’s beloved beaches," he added.

"We are also losing time to do something about it.

“I hope the film will raise awareness about this vital issue and get the public and governments alike to act.”

Coastal Tourism: Japan’s Sinking Sector will premiere on KMTV at 12.45pm on Monday, May 23.

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