1st Edition

Health, Wellbeing and Community Recovery in Fukushima

    230 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the issue of disaster recovery in relation to community wellbeing and resilience, exploring the social, political, demographic and environmental changes in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

    The contributors reflect on the Fukushima disaster of earthquake, tsunami and radiation contamination and its impacts on society from an interdisciplinary perspective of the social sciences, critical public health, and the humanities. It focuses on four aspects, which form the sections of the work:

    • Living with Risk and Uncertainty
    • Vulnerability and Inequality
    • Community Action, Engagement and Wellbeing
    • Notes from the Field

    The first three sections present research on the long-term consequences of the disaster on community health and wellbeing. These findings are enhanced and developed in the ‘Notes from the Field’ section where local practitioners from medicine and community recovery reflect on their experiences in relation to concepts developed in the previous sections.

    This work significantly extends the literature on long-term wellbeing following disaster. The case study of Fukushima is a multi-faceted process that illuminates wider issues around post-disaster regeneration in Fukushima. This problem takes on new importance in the context of Covid-19, including direct parallels in the issues of risk measurement, social inequality, and wider wellbeing impacts, which public health disciplines can draw from.

    Chapter 1. The Reconstruction of Community and Wellbeing in Fukushima – Situating the Case within the Field

    Sudeepa Abeysinghe, Akihiko Ozaki, Claire Leppold and Alison Lloyd Williams

    PART I: Reflections from the Field

    Chapter 2. Reflections from Frontline Healthcare Workers

    Katsuko Onoda and Rika Sato

    Chapter 3. Psychiatric Care after the Nuclear Accident in Fukushima

    Arinobu Hori

    Chapter 4. Fukushima Hamadori (Coastal Area) High School Academy: Learning and Understanding about Nuclear Disaster for Fukushima High Schools Students

    Yasuhiro Takamura

    Chapter 5. The Increased Disaster-Related Deaths after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, and the System for their Compensation

    Shigeta Mimura

    PART II: Living with Risk

    Chapter 6. Getting the Measure of Radiation Monitoring in Fukushima, Ten Years On

    Louise Elstow

    Chapter 7. Prioritizing Health Risks after the 3.11 disaster: The Application of Wellbeing Indicators

    Michio Murakami

    Chapter 8. Commensurability and Post-Disaster Mental Health after 3.11

    Ben Epstein

    PART III: Social Difference and Inequality

    Chapter 9. Japan’s Gender Perspective after the Explosions at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

    Sunhee Lee

    Chapter 10. Social Vulnerability and Inequality in Disasters: Marriage-Migrant Women’s Experiences in the Tōhoku Region

    Sunhee Lee and Shinya Uekusa

    Chapter 11. The Social Amplification of Stigma in the Media after the Fukushima Disaster

    Mikihito Tanaka

    PART IV: Community Engagement and Wellbeing

    Chapter 12. Theatres of Resilience: Children as Actors in Community Development in Fukushima

    Alison Lloyd Williams and Aya Goto

    Chapter 13. Bonding After Fukushima: The Role of Trust Relationships Between Non-Profit Organisation Volunteers and Disaster Victims in Building Resilience Amidst a Nuclear Catastrophe

    Giulia De Togni

    Chapter 14. Fukushima Reconstruction after Nuclear Accident and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (1F) Decommissioning Policy

    Shunji Matsuoka

    Chapter 15. The Long-term Impact of Disasters and Looking Forward

    Claire Leppold, Alison Lloyd Williams, Akihiko Ozaki and Sudeepa Abeysinghe


    Sudeepa Abeysinghe is a health sociologist who works at the intersection of sociology, STS, and critical policy studies.

    Claire Leppold is a Research Fellow at the Child and Community Wellbeing Unit at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

    Alison Lloyd Williams is a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK.

    Akihiko Ozaki is a surgical oncologist and public health practitioner based in Fukushima, Japan.