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Remapping Revisionism: Japan’s Nuclear Ambiguity by Yuki Natsui A Japanese version of this article can be found here (日本語版). Introduction This essay provides an overview of the historical attempts to revise the Constitution of Japan (promulgated in November 1946) and the issues that have been present in the resurgent anti-war movement […]
Since Tokyo won’t acknowledge what is really going on in Fukushima, farmers Masami Yoshizawa “Kibo no Bokujo” (Farm of Hope) and Naoto Matsumura “ganbaru Fukushima” took upon themselves to bring a little bit of Fukushima to Tokyo.
In the three years since March 11, 2011 events eerily reminiscent of the history of the Marshallese nuclear victims has befallen the residents of Fukushima. Many have been displaced from their homes to “temporary” housing that feels more and more permanent every year. Some are now being told that they will be returned to their former homes in towns that have been “decontaminated” even as that has proved nearly impossible at other sites of nuclear disasters. Traditional diets have been replaced with prepared foods, and traditional forms of work have been lost and substituted with meager payouts to those displaced.