ANN writes: "The Laputa International Animation Festival in Tokyo announced on Saturday that its theme this year will be the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. The festival's 11th annual outing began accepting open submissions under the "Fukushima Animation" theme. Launched in 2000, the festival aims to uncover and foster new animation talent in Japan with screenings and workshops.
Tokyo and other parts of Japan have been undergoing scheduled power outages and conservation efforts since the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) of March 11. At the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, staff members have been working to prevent the reactor fuel rods from melting after the cooling systems were damaged by the earthquake-induced tsunami."