Japan after 3/11: Global Perspectives on the Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Meltdown

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Pradyumna P. Karan, Unryu Suganuma
University Press of Kentucky, Aug 30, 2016 - Social Science - 496 pages

On March 11, 2011, an underwater earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku, Japan, triggered one of the most devastating tsunamis of a generation. The aftermath was overwhelming: communities were reduced to rubble, thousands of people were missing or dead, and relief organizations struggled to reach affected areas to provide aid for survivors and victims of radiation from compromised nuclear reactors.

In Japan after 3/11, editors Pradyumna P. Karan and Unryu Suganuma assemble geographers, economists, humanists, and scientists to consider the complex economic, physical, and social impacts of this heartbreaking disaster. Historical geographers place the events of March 2011 in context, while other contributors assess the damage and recommend strategies for the long process of reclamation and rebuilding. The book also includes interviews with victims that explore the social implications of radioactive contamination and invite comparisons to the discrimination faced by survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Balancing the natural and social sciences, this timely volume offers not only a model of interdisciplinary research for scholars but also an invaluable guide to the planning and implementation of reconstruction.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Historical Geography of the Japanese Tsunami
45
2 Facing the 311 Waves
74
3 Tsunamis and Earthquakes in Japanese Literature
81
4 Tsunami Flow and GeoEnvironment of the Pacific Coastal Region of Tohoku
104
5 Tsunami Damage and the Road to Recovery in Onagawa Town
121
6 Earthquake and Tsunami in Taro Town
138
7 The Cases of Two Tsunami Storytellers Who Experienced Tsunami Disasters Twice in Their Lifetimes
160
14 Crisis Mapping Project and CounterMapping by NeoGeographers
288
15 The Impact of the 2011 Tsunami and Earthquake on Distribution Systems in the Tohoku Region
307
16 The Impact of the Earthquake Tsunami and Nuclear Radiation on the Manufacturing Industry in the Tohoku Region
317
17 Disaster Prevention Culture
331
18 The Role of Volunteering in PostTsunami Town Recovery
364
19 Distribution of NonJapanese Residents and Support Activities for Them in the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami DisasterStricken Areas
379
20 Coordinating Policy Toward Fiscal Preparedness for Natural Disasters
398
21 Experiencing Disasters in Two Places
417

8 Agricultural Damage in the Sendai Plain and the Road to Recovery
175
9 Ramifications of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
189
10 TEPCO and Nuclear Energy Politics
204
11 Characteristics of the Evacuation Area and the Spatial Distribution of Radioactive Pollution in Fukushima Prefecture
229
12 The Social Structures of Victimization of Fukushima Residents Due to Radioactive Contamination from the 2011 Nuclear Disaster
251
13 InternetAge Parents and Children after the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami
269
22 Liquefaction in the 2011 Earthquake in Japan and the Christchurch New Zealand Earthquake
432
23 Tamil Nadu and Tohoku
447
Acknowledgments
463
Contributors
465
Index
471
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Pradyumna P. Karan, University Research Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky, is the author or editor of many books, including Japan in the 21st Century: Environment, Economy, and Society and The Indian Ocean Tsunami: The Global Response to a Natural Disaster.

Unryu Suganuma is associate professor of geography at J. F. Oberlin University in Tokyo. He is the author of Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations and coeditor of Local Environmental Movements: A Comparative Study of the United States and Japan.

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