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Health, Wellbeing and Community Recovery in Fukushima

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ISBN 9781032022734
June 20, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
230 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.