By Christophe Thouny, Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto
This assortment examines the development of Fukushima in Japan when it comes to city sociology and cultural politics to painting the triple disaster of March 2011 as either a planetary occasion and a twin monetary and environmental quandary which indelibly marked Japan and the broader worldwide neighborhood. The participants research how this new state of affairs has been expressed particularly cultural types (literature, film), political discourses and concrete way of life in Tokyo and Fukushima, arguing for an principal have to redefine the nationwide body of study by way of the concept that of the planetary. construction on contemporary debates in ecocriticism, Planetary Atmospheres and concrete existence After Fukushima deconstructs the spatial common sense of containment that reduces the development of Fukushima to a place-bound item to as an alternative reinscribe this occasion inside an open narrative of the planetary. This we think will let us redefine our topologies of attachment to neighborhood areas beside nationwide discourses of harmony, resilience and worldwide techniques of danger administration, and open how you can a thorough reconsider of Japan’s cultural politics of Japan after March 2011.
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The so-called myth of the nuclear power plant’s infallible safety has turned out to be just that, a myth. The peaceful use of nuclear power is another powerful myth of postwar Japan that made even those who were opposed to nuclear armament blind to the impossibility of separating peaceful and military objectives unequivocally. Some pundits argue that 3/11 is Japan’s second defeat since the end of the Asia Pacific War. But this argument misses the most important point about the defeat. 6 What has become apparent in the aftermath of 3/11 is not that Japan was defeated again.
19 Abe literally tries to awaken Japanese who are equated with a multitude of somnambulists under mind control or hypnosis, but whatever his final goal may be, his attempt will inevitably fail because the habituated sedimentation of every practices has little to do with mind control or ideological indoctrination. What underlies a dominant habit in contemporary Japanese society is nothing other than a culture of consumerism, and Abe himself is a product of this culture. ”21 The ephemeral and fluid nature of consumerism is perhaps best exemplified by television.
Subjective safety,” “reputational risk,” and “no immediate health risk”) is a rhetoric of irresponsibility, which allows those in power to pursue their own interest at the expense of people’s welfare. Moreover, this rhetoric of irresponsibility is exploited for maximum effect under the pretense of protecting the interest of people and maintaining social order. 15 The nuclear village dismisses as unrealistic any call for the abandonment of nuclear power generation. Alternative energy sources may or may not be unreliable, too expensive, or in short supply.