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By Christophe Thouny, Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto

This assortment examines the development of Fukushima in Japan by way of city sociology and cultural politics to painting the triple disaster of March 2011 as either a planetary occasion and a twin financial and environmental main issue which indelibly marked Japan and the broader international neighborhood. The individuals research how this new scenario has been expressed particularly cultural kinds (literature, film), political discourses and concrete way of life in Tokyo and Fukushima, arguing for an primary have to redefine the nationwide body of research by way of the concept that of the planetary. construction on contemporary debates in ecocriticism, Planetary Atmospheres and concrete lifestyles 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 locations beside nationwide discourses of harmony, resilience and worldwide thoughts of threat administration, and open the right way to a thorough reconsider of Japan’s cultural politics of Japan after March 2011.

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17 Until coalescing into an articulate symbol, accurate or even obviously damaging information would not threaten the normal functioning of the system at its fundamental core. This also means that in order to bring about a radical change in the nation’s nuclear power policy, a single-minded focus on nuclear-related issues in the narrow sense may not be sufficient. The Prison House of Commodities Superficially, the social system did seem to return to its normal state shortly after 3/11, in the areas that were not severely afflicted by the catastrophic disaster.

For nearly a quarter of a century, since the spectacular bursting of the economic bubble, another kind of bubble has been steadily growing to engulf an entire nation. It is a self-­ contained collective sphere where people are relatively free to do anything except get involved in politics in the broadest sense. NUCLEAR DISASTER AND BUBBLES 43 What dominates the atmosphere of today’s Japan is a feeling of “claustrophobic suffocation” (Paul Virilio), which is not necessarily a direct reflection of long economic stagnation but created by a stubborn determination to resist any changes ubiquitously observable at every level of social formation.

They denied time and again the possibility of nuclear reactor core meltdown, and even after the cover-up became impossible, continued using various euphemisms for “meltdown” as whitewash. Such devaluation of language as a means of communication irrevocably damaged democratic governance, and resulted in the spread of public cynicism toward government and politics. 9 The state of exception created by the traumatic aftershock of 9/11 was exploited by the US government to implement neoliberal economic policies in occupied Iraq, to defend the widespread use of violence and torture as an allegedly lawful means of extracting information from so-called enemy combatants, and to set off the uncontrolled invasion of ordinary citizens’ privacy by wiretapping, eavesdropping, and other methods of surveillance.

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