Earthquake Nationalism and Nuclear Empire: “Power” Struggles in the Land of Catfish

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Chiaki Takagi (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This essay introduces my ongoing research project that was inspired by Japan’s 2011 disasters. Japan has been going through its long-lasting recovery process from the Magnitude 9 earthquake and massive tsunami attack as well as a secondary accident of the nuclear meltdown. Now that these catastrophes have added another dimension to Japanese society, it is crucial to rethink Japan as an earthquake nation paying special attention to the effects of earthquakes on various aspects of Japan’s modern development. I reframe the contradictory existence of nuclear power plants on an earthquake nation as the friction between Japan’s “earthquake nationalism” and the “nuclear empire” formation.

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Virginia Review of Asian Studies (VRAS) 14 (2012): 161-165.
Language: English
Date: 2012
Cultural Studies, Japan, Earthquakes, Natural disasters, Nationalism

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