Accepted Paper:

Social suffering of the population inside and outside Fukushima  

Author:

Yuichi Sekiya (UTokyo)

Paper short abstract:

According to his field research inside and outside Fukushima since the beginning of 2012, the author will try to figure out what are really happening to the research target people, and what are still necessary for the Japan’s public society to support those people.

Paper long abstract:

The population of Fukushima prefecture is still socially suffering from fear and want caused by the severe radioactive contamination in the aftermath of the disaster at the TEPCO Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. Listening to those evacuees from the prefecture through personal interviews, the author observes serious forfeiture of rights to live in peace, free from fear and want.

However, Japanese population outside Fukushima seems to forget and try to situate those facts in a distant past. Olympics were decided to be held in Tokyo in 2020 with the prime minister's official guarantee that "Fukushima disaster is completely under control,"although many people do not believe so. Governments are trying to persuade the local population to resume several power plants' operations. And the book publishers became less friendly to the scholars who try to publish their works about Fukushima problems, for the reason that the boom has passed.

According to his field research inside and outside Fukushima since the beginning of 2012, the author will try to figure out what are really happening to the research target people, and what are still necessary for the Japan's public society to support those people. Whether those supports are possible or not is also the issue to be discussed. And the characteristic methodology and particular role of public anthropology should be rethought in conclusion.

Panel P024
Practicing a public anthropology in communities devastated by the East Japan Disaster