Tying Knots of En: An Ethnography among Uncertain Walls in Fukushima’s Gray Zone in 2023

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    Twelve after the TEPCO nuclear accident in coastal Fukushima, the newly revised compensation policy and the discharge of water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Station are threatening to produce social and political divisions among the residents in coastal Fukushima between scientific experts and lay public, and between countries. In a time of heightened societal divisions, what is the role of scholars? By sharing ethnographic stories in Fukushima’s gray zone in 2023, the essay explores how scholars can learn from people on the ground to challenge narratives and systems that divide people from the environment and the land from the ecosystem to explore stories, voices, and perspectives that provide connections. (This article is based on Nuclear Ghost: Atomic Livelihoods in Fukushima’s Gray Zone, recently published by the University of California Press).

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number5797
    JournalAsia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
    Issue number10
    StatePublished - 2023

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Cultural Studies
    • Anthropology
    • History
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


    • Coastal Fukushima
    • En/
    • Nuclear Accident
    • Nuclear Compensation
    • Water Discharge


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