Re-imagining Japan after Fukushima

Re-imagining Japan after Fukushima

Authored by: Tamaki Mihic orcid

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The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster (collectively referred to as ‘3.11’, the date of the earthquake), had a lasting impact on Japan’s identity and global image. In its immediate aftermath, mainstream media presented the country as a disciplined, resilient and composed nation, united in the face of a natural disaster. However, 3.11 also drew worldwide attention to the negative aspects of Japanese government and society, thought to have caused the unresolved situation at Fukushima.

Spurred by heightened emotions following the triple disaster, the Japanese became increasingly polarised between these two views of how to represent themselves. How did literature and popular culture respond to this dilemma? Re-imagining Japan after Fukushima attempts to answer that question by analysing how Japan was portrayed in post-3.11 fiction. Texts are selected from the Japanese, English and French languages, and the portrayals are also compared with those from non-fiction discourse. This book argues that cultural responses to 3.11 had a significant role to play in re-imagining Japan after Fukushima.

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ISBN (print):
9781760463533
ISBN (online):
9781760463540
Note:
Asian Studies Series Monograph 13
Imprint:
ANU Press
DOI:
http://doi.org/10.22459/RJF.2020
Series:
Asian Studies Series
Disciplines:
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies, Other
Countries:
East Asia: Japan

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