A clear illustration of the consequences that followed the use of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin by the US army during the US war in Vietnam was delivered to Japanese people in Tokyo on August 10.

The focal point of this year’s programme – an annual event titled “The Vietnam War has yet to end” - was a screening of a documentary called “Agent Orange – A personal requiem”, which was produced in 2007 by Japanese director Sakada Masako.

The film begins with the story of Masako’s husband, Greg Davis, an American war veteran in Vietnam. In 2003, he died at the age of 54 from the effects of Agent Orange.

The film reveals Masako’s feelings and findings as she explores the terrible impacts of AO/dioxin in Vietnam. It features witnesses’ stories, vivid and shocking photography and documentation on the US war in Vietnam. Many of the Tokyo audience were brought to tears during the screening.

In a following workshop, Masako and photojounalist Goro Nakamura shared their personal stories and experiences about the impacts of AO/dioxin on human lives.

Nakamura’s work includes two renowned photo collections named “My mother was sprayed with Agent Orange” and “Agent Orange in the battlefield.” Together, they have contributed to the legal battle against the US’ chemical companies on behalf of AO/dioxin victims.

The programme concluded with a charitable concert featuring Japanese and Vietnamese singers and composers.-VNA