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Facing 3.11: Discussions over Individual Experiences

KURIHARA Akira, MORRIS-SUZUKI Tessa, KARIYA Takehiko, YOSHIMI Shunya, SUGITA Atsushi & HAGAMI Taro February 24, 2012 Iwanami Shoten, 306p.
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『Facing 3.11』


KURIHARA Akira, MORRIS-SUZUKI Tessa, KARIYA Takehiko, YOSHIMI Shunya, SUGITA Atsushi & HAGAMI Taro February 24, 2012 Facing 3.11: Discussions over Individual Experiences, Iwanami Shoten, 306p. ISBN-10:4000230484 ISBN-13:978-4000230483 1600 + tax [amazon][kinokuniya]

■Message from Authors

At 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011, the massive earthquake, which centered in Sanriku, hit eastern Japan. This earthquake severely shook, destroyed and swept away individuals' daily bases there. Association among people was instantly destroyed and many were forced to leave their home land. Our society's conflictions were revealed at once by the concurrent occurrence of the earthquake, massive tsunami and nuclear accidents, together with the post-disaster confusion. The explosions of nuclear reactors exposed serious problems in various fields ranging from science, technology, economy, regional relationship, politics and consumer life, as if it opened a Pandora's box.

This book discusses what each individual has experienced during these catastrophic events and moreover, what we have learn from these experiences.

(An omission)

The date of August 15, 1945 […] has a significance of "experience" that have influenced our spirits. The date of March 11, 2011 must also have a similar impact. Since March 11, the world has not been viewed in a same way compared with the past. Moreover, even the pre-disaster world has been perceived differently.
(Cited from "Forward")

■Contents Introduction

What do the experiences of March 11 mean to us? How should we consider the pluralism of the experience for people? What are necessary things to maintain our memories of various experiences? Ongoing problems are examined intellectually in terms of historical viewpoints and problem consciousness both inside and outside of Japan. This book attempts to provide suggestions for future thoughts and actions through round-table meetings and discussions of first-line researchers and journalist's reportages.

■Contents (From "Book" Database)

Our society's conflictions were revealed at once by the concurrent occurrence of the earthquake, massive tsunami and nuclear accidents, together with the post-disaster confusion. These events exposed serious problems in various fields ranging from science, technology, economy, regional relationship, politics and consumer life. What have individuals experienced during these catastrophic events? Moreover, what do we have to learn from March 11? This book attempts to seek future thoughts and actions, by examining this question based on historical viewpoints such as modern or postwar Japanese society and problem consciousness both inside and outside of Japan.

■Introduction of Authors

KURIHARA Akira
-Born in 1936.
-Professor Emeritus, Rikkyo University
-Representative, Japan Society for Studies of Voluntary Activities
-Political Sociology
Politics of "Emergence of Existence" (Ibunsha), Testimonies - Minamata Disease (Iwanami Shinsho)etc.

MORRIS-SUZUKI Tessa
-Born in 1951.
-Professor, Australian National University
-Japanese Intellectual History, Social History
The Past within Us (Iwanami Shoten), Exodus to North Korea (Asahi Bunko) etc.

KARIYA Takehiko
-Born in 1955.
-Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford
-Professor, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies
-Contemporary Japanese Society, Educational Sociology
-Class-structured Japan and Educational Crisis (Yushindo Kobunsha), Education and Equality (Chuko Shinsho) etc.

YOSHIMI Shunya
-Born in 1957.
-Professor, The University of Tokyo
-Sociology, Cultural Research, Mediaology
-What Is a University?, Post-Postwar Society (Iwanami Shinsho) etc.

SUGITA Atsushi
-Born in 1959.
-Professor, Hosei University
-Political Theory
-Border Line Politics, Imagination toward Politics (Iwanami Shoten) etc.

HAGAMI Taro
-Local Administration Journalist
-After Serving as a Correspondent in a National Press, Worked as Freelance Basis since 2000
-Japan's First Guide Dog (Bunshun), Cutting off Local Communities (Collective Writing, Iwanami Shoten) etc.

■Table of Contents

Forward

Reportage: March 11 for People
From the Tsunami Scene; Yamada-cho, Iwate Prefecture, With Memories, Records and Experiences
HAGAMI Taro

Round-Table Meeting
Considering from the Standpoint of Tsunami Disaster Areas
KURIHARA Akira,KARIYA Takehiko,SUGITA Atsushi and YOSHIMI Shunya

Black-Tailed Gulls and Schools
KARIYA Takehiko

After the Tsunami Disaster: Paths to Local, Regional and Global Reconstructions
MORRIS-SUZUKI Tessa

Reportage: March 11 for People
From the Scene of Evacuation from Nuclear Power: Ohkuma-cho, Fukushima Prefecture, Can We Go Home? We Can Not Go Home, We Will Not Go Home
HAGAMI Taro

Round-Talk Meeting
Amid Nuclear Crisis
KURIHARA Akira,MORRIS-SUZUKI Tessa, KARIYA Takehiko,YOSHIMI Shunya and SUGITA Atsushi

Two Lucky Dragons that We Encounter in Fukushima: Rebirth of Art under Radioactivity
KURIHARA Akira

Ethics and Psychology since March 11
SUGITA Atsushi

Putting up an US Umbrella in Radioactive Rain: Reflection on "Long Post-war Period" and Nuclear Power
YOSHIMI Shunya





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