Beyond Nuclear International Weekly Digest, MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024

Posted: 13th May 2024

While the Japanese people endure the endless aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, government authorities talk of “resilience”. But is this buzzword being used by officials to avoid taking genuine responsibility for the disaster?

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Resilience is resistance in Japan

Mia Winther-Tamaki, a New York-based urbanist, takes an in-depth look at how the post-Fukushima impacts are being handled in Japan. Those who suffered in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster were expected to “bounce back” and show “resilience.” But while the government’s interpretation of resilience was to hope the accident would quickly be forgotten, community resistance, often led by mothers, focuses on feminism, anti-capitalism and environmentalism. READ MORE

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