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ICC presents a book break of "Japan’s Triple Disaster" (Routledge, 2023)

Japan’s Triple Disaster: Pursuing Justice after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Accident (Routledge, 2023).


Nov. 25, 2023

19:00-20:30 (JST)

On Zoom only


Moderator: Prof. David Slater


Editors Dr. Natalia Novikova, Dr. Julia Gerster, and Dr. Manuela Hartwig will discuss their edited volume on recovery and justice after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Accident.


Presenting research on more than a decade after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the volume highlights not only the manifold challenges in the direct disaster response and policymaking but also the difficulties of “just” long-term recovery. Arguing for just distribution, recognition and participation, among other justice fields, this volume provides a diversity of perspectives on these issues as experienced after the 2011 disasters through detailed and nuanced analyses presented by early career researchers and senior academics coming from various countries and continents of the world. The insights of this volume galvanise the discussion of disaster governance and highlight the variety of disaster (in)justices and the ways disasters force people to contest and reimagine their relationships with their neighborhoods, countries, families, and friends.


After providing an overview of the edited volume, Natalia Novikova will introduce her chapter on Parents’ Activism in the Kantō Region, followed by a discussion with the editors.


Natalia Novikova is a Language Instructor at Tamagawa University, Japan. She received her Ph.D. in International and Advanced Japanese Studies at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.


Julia Gerster is an Assistant Professor at the Disaster Culture and Digital Archive Division at the International Research Institute for Disaster Studies at Tohoku University, Japan. She received her Ph.D. in Japanese studies with a disciplinary focus in social and cultural anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin.


Manuela G. Hartwig is currently a research associate at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Tsukuba, Japan. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Tsukuba in Advanced Social Japanese Studies in 2020 focusing on the role of “science advisers” in Japan’s energy and climate change policymaking network. Her research focuses on energy justice and energy ethics in Japanese energy policymaking in comparative perspective.


This event is organized by David H. Slater (Professor, Cultural Anthropology, Sophia University)


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