Category Archives: Japan

Radiation Exposure is Unequal


(photo: Global2000 on flickr)
(Originally published in Japanese for Gendai Shiso 現代思想, July 2012 Issue)


Doesn’t Radiation Discriminate?

The Japanese Reggae musician, Rankin Taxi, has a song he has been singing for over twenty years: “You can’t see it, and you can’t smell it either.”

Radiation is strong

Radiation is powerful

It doesn’t discriminate

And you can’t beat it

Yes. Nobody can beat radiation. Nobody can escape its harms — so Rankin Taxi sings, and he is right. Continue reading Radiation Exposure is Unequal


Hydrangea Revolution



The “Hydrangea Revolution” has begun.  On June 22, 2012 — the 1908 Red Flag Incident when Japanese anarchists and socialists took to the streets and were arrested as well as the 1987 anti-U.S. military-base demo in Okinawa, in which 18,000 people gathered and protested around the Kadena Air Force Base, also occurred on June 22 — over 40,000 demonstrators participated in an anti-nuclear protest in front of Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko’s official residence in Tokyo.  Continue reading Hydrangea Revolution

And the Word “Parade” Disappeared…


Photo: 11.26 Drums of Fury Demo by Kai-Wai 散策

The present social orientation around nuclear power seems to be at a deadlock in Japan. While the public opinion that supports “abolition in the future” is almost stabilized in 70% strong, the Noda Administration that usurped the power from the Kan Administration for “post-nuclear” cannot declare promotion of it. The ruling class, it seems, is seeking to cool down the public angst in order to resume the operation of the plants before the suspension for inspection in the next spring, by obscuring its nuclear policy. That is to say, the administration is now striving to blur the axis of opposition. Continue reading And the Word “Parade” Disappeared…

Revolution Is Necessary


Left to right: Aileen Mioko Smith, Sachiko Sato, Kaori Izumi and Yukiko Anzai speak in New York City, September 2011 Photo: © David M. Grossman

– An Interview with Kaori Izumi and Yukiko Anzai

(September 22, 2011 in New York City)

T: Todos Somos Japon
A: Yukiko Anzai
I: Kaori Izumi

T: While actively hosting evacuees from now irradiated Fukushima, Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, has in itself a nuclear power plant in Tomari Village. Yukiko Anzai and Kaori Izumi, who have been working there to abolish nuclear power since March 11, 2011, are now visiting New York City — along with Sachiko Sato [*an activist/mother from Fukushima] and Aileen Mioko Smith [*a long time anti-nuke activist] — to address to the American public the situation in Japan. Continue reading Revolution Is Necessary

Nuclear Energy and Reproductive Labor – The Task of Feminism


Photo: the cover page of “実践非暴力直接行動シリーズ3 女と反原発 – Women and Anti-nuclear Movement” (1988)

An Interview with Mari Matsumoto

(June 12, 2011 in Tokyo)

Jfissures = J

J: The 11th of June was the global day of anti-nuke action and there was a large demonstration in Tokyo, in which we participated. Can you talk about other types of actions besides street protests?

M: First of all, keep in mind that I am not aware of all kinds of activities during the past three months. As of today it has been three months since the nuclear accident, and at this point we have a new series of action among women in more invisible fields in comparison to protests in the street and governmental buildings. We can say that this is a new movement of parents who are engaged in reproductive labor. Continue reading Nuclear Energy and Reproductive Labor – The Task of Feminism

Low-level Internal Exposure



The public in Japan is strongly concerned with the so-called ‘low-level internal exposure’– a condition of exposure to radiation which is widely talked about amongst us at the moment. Continue reading Low-level Internal Exposure