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Waiting for the Day


Photo: Ilcommonz

Now only two among fifty-four reactors are at work in Japan. That is, after eleven months have passed since the nuclear accident, most of the reactors (aside from those suffered the accident) have been stopped for periodical inspection. And none among them has resumed their operation so far. If this state continues, all nuclear power plants will stop by the end of this coming April. Who on earth can envision this situation a year ago, or even right after the accident? Continue reading Waiting for the Day

People Who Transcend Catastrophe: Connecting the Radiation-Measuring Movement to People’s Movements around the World


Interview with Manuel Yang (Interviewer: Yoshihiko Ikegami)
Recorded on September 10, 2011 at Kunitachi

The Radiation-Measuring Movement is a Class Struggle

—Manuel Yang, you’ve been active as a scholar of radical Atlantic and Pacific history and as a fellow traveler of the Midnight Notes Collective, a Marxist theory-activist group that emerged out of the American people’s movement against the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. The pamphlet that Midnight Notes produced on the occasion of the 2008 financial crisis has been translated into Japanese (Promissory Notes). Continue reading People Who Transcend Catastrophe: Connecting the Radiation-Measuring Movement to People’s Movements around the World

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

Chernobyl of the Future


Photo: Pedro Moura Pinheiro on Flickr

Because this year is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the accident or for some other reasons, in Japan documentaries about Chernobyl are repeatedly broadcasted and many are watching them on TV and online.

We are not remembering Chernobyl accident. Nor are we heartbroken by the misery. We are seeing the future of Japan in these scenes. Continue reading Chernobyl of the Future

Politics of the People



What is going on with the politics in Japan at the moment? Amidst amassed criticisms against his cabinet’s disaster management, the Prime Minister Kan has just announced his will of resignation, but the date is left open. His approval rate continues to go down. Earlier in the aftermath of the quake, Kan had requested the termination of operation at Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant, which still remains closed. Continue reading Politics of the People

Soil and Farmers


Photo: AP Photo/Koji Sasahara

More than a hundred days have passed since the accident. Thanks to the autonomous investigative actions of the people, the radiation situations within Fukushima Prefecture as well as in the Tokyo metropolitan area are, if gradually, being revealed day by day. Continue reading Soil and Farmers

A Response to Rebecca Solnit


(This entry is written as a response to Dear brothers and sisters in northeastern Japan and Beyond by Rebecca Solnit )

Rebecca Solnit’s work is enthusiastically and widely read in Japan at the present moment. Many people are seeking to find a clue in her work that vividly depicts the dual face of disasters: on the one hand therein paradoxically grows the power of the people, and on the other hand, there intervenes the power of the state that attempts to capture and appropriate the former. At the moment Japan needs various wisdoms both from within and without. Continue reading A Response to Rebecca Solnit