1st Edition

Competing Discourses on Japan’s Nuclear Power Pronuclear versus Antinuclear Activism

By Etsuko Kinefuchi Copyright 2022
    174 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    174 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the discursive formation of nuclear power in Japan to provide insights into the ways this technology has been both promoted and resisted, constituting and being constituted by Japan’s sociocultural landscape.

    Each chapter pays close attention to a particular discursive site, including newspaper editorials, public relations campaigns, local site fights, urban antinuclear activism, and post-Fukushima pronuclear and antinuclear articulations. The book also raises the question of democracy and sustainability through the examination of nuclear power discourses. It demonstrates the power of discourse in shaping nuclear power by creating knowledge, influencing decisions, relationships, identity, and community. Readers will gain a range of insights from the book: prominent articulations on nuclear power discourse, state and corporate strategies for enticing consent for controversial facilities and technologies, the power of the media in framing public knowledge, the role of social movements and activisms in civic society, the power of community, and nuclear power as a problematic in representative democracy and sustainability.

    This book will appeal to students and scholars interested in social discourse, social movements, Japanese society, cultural studies, environmental communication, media analysis, energy and sustainability, and democracy, among others.


    1. Introduction
    2. Japan’s Nuclear Power: A Short History
    3. Mediating Nuclear Power for Citizens: Newspaper Editorials in Shaping Nuclear Power
    4. Pronuclear Power Discourse: Safe, Indispensable, and Green
    5. Fighting for Community: Antinuclear Movements at Ground Zero
    6. Pre-Fukushima Urban Antinuclear Activism: Identity and Sociocultural Challenges
    7. Fukushima and (Re)claiming the Voices of Democracy
    8. Fukushima "Under Control": Progress Discourse and Its Excess
    9. Nuclear Power, Democracy, and Sustainability



    Etsuko Kinefuchi is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and affiliated faculty in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA