This book shows how the Fukushima plaintiffs have challenged narratives of safety and risk containment produced by TEPCO and the Japanese government through offering new empirical data on risk perceptions and life choices of some nuclear evacuees.
Considering the Fukushima evacuees’ disappearance from public discourse in Japan, the book engages with theoretical writings on risk, neoliberal governmentality and citizen science. Chapters draw on a wide range of anthropologically-related methodologies including socio-linguistics, participant observation, and qualitative interviews. Themes of self-governance, resistance, gender, kinship, class and social change surface throughout, setting the Fukushima experience in a broad historical, social, and comparative context. This is the first ethnographic account of the Fukushima litigation and the first extensive qualitative study documenting the worldviews and living conditions of nuclear evacuees who moved outside Fukushima Prefecture, with a particular focus on underrepresented groups (single mothers, elderly and disabled evacuees). The history of industrial disasters and the role of citizens in shaping environmental policy in Japan is also evaluated.
Fall-out from Fukushima sets out to be a manifesto for understanding and supporting post-nuclear disaster societies, and will appeal to students and scholars of social, legal, and linguistic anthropology, science and technology studies, as well as Japanese studies.
Table of Contents
1. The Politics of Risk in a Disaster Archipelago Part 1: Risk Perceptions, Worldviews, and Individual Choices of Nuclear Evacuees 2. Life After Fukushima 3. Loss of Homeland 4. Food Safety Under the Radiation Threat Part 2: Collective Civil Actions Against TEPCO and the Government 5. Nuclear Evacuees Seeking Compensation 6. Competing Narratives in the Courtroom 7. Female Plaintiffs Reshaping Gender Inequality 8. The Emancipatory Effects of Fukushima
Giulia De Togni is a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on risk, technology, and health. She received her MSc in social anthropology from Oxford University (2015) and a PhD in social anthropology from UCL (2019) with dissertations focused on Fukushima.