1 "Dying Wisdom" and "Living Madness" by Satoshi Ukai -- 2 Nuclear Disaster and Bubbles by Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto -- 3 How can I Love my Radioactive Tuna? Planetary Love in Shono Yoriko by Christophe Thouny -- 4 Brave New Sanriku: Recovering from 3.11 by Ramona Bajema -- 5 From Atomic Fission to Splitting Areas of Expertise: When Politics Prevails Over Scientific Proof by Cecile Asanuma-Brice -- 6 Reconstruction of Marginality: Tokyo Bay Area in the Great East Japan Earthquake by Tadahito Yamamoto -- 7 Ecosophy and Planetary Writing by Toshiya Ueno -- 8 In Time for the War: 3/11 After Cinema by Philip Kaffen -- 9 The Gesture from Fukushima Daiichi; The Voice in Furukawa Hideo by Doug Slaymaker -- Conclusion by Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto.
This collection examines the events of Fukushima in Japan in terms of urban sociology and cultural politics, both as a planetary event and a dual economic and environmental crisis which indelibly marked Japan and the wider global community. It considers what cultural forms can express this situation, problematizing the national frame of analysis in terms of the concept of the planetary. Building on recent debates in ecocriticism and debating the spatial logic of containment that reduces the event of Fukushima to a place-bound object argues for a close-reading of cultural texts and local urban practices in Fukushima Japan to articulate different narratives of the planetary and redefine our topologies of attachment to local places beside national discourses of unity, resilience and global strategies of risk management, opening the way to a rethink of Japan’s cultural politics of Japan after March 2011. ..