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Ariel Salleh: Fukushima – A Call for Women’s Leadership

Ariel Salleh: Fukushima – A Call for Women’s Leadership

By Ariel Salleh1 On 11 March 2011, the Fukushima nuclear electricity plant in Japan was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. An undetermined land area remains uninhabitable; thousands of people are trying not to breathe, touch, eat or drink, the toxic levels of radiation in their environment. It is believed that BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam and Rio Tinto’s Ranger mine exported uranium from Australia to this reactor. Now, confusion and anger, sickness, and disability, will mark … Read entire article »

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Yoshihiko Ikegami: Soil & Farmers

Yoshihiko Ikegami: Soil & Farmers

By Yoshihiko Ikegami   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. Considering the need of measuring radioactivity in every corner of individual lives, this movement still needs to grow further. It is certain, however, that more and more individuals will begin to acquire … Read entire article »

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Chigaya Kinoshita: The Shock Doctrine of Japanese Type – Neoliberalism and the Shadow of America

Chigaya Kinoshita: The Shock Doctrine of Japanese Type – Neoliberalism and the Shadow of America

By Chigaya Kinoshita: (In Japanese below) Approximately two and a half months have passed since 3/11. Since then we have been discussing politics and society of the present Japan in view of a series of the unprecedented crises: earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. Meanwhile two demonstrations took place on 4/10 and 5/7, mobilizing more than 15,000 participants, a corresponding upswing of the public opinion against nuclear power forced the most dangerous Hamaoka Nuclear plant into suspension of operation, … Read entire article »

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Yoshihiko Ikegami: Save The Children 2 – Were The Dead 62 In Chernobyl?

Yoshihiko Ikegami: Save The Children 2 – Were The Dead 62 In Chernobyl?

By Yoshihiko Ikegami: (Japanese translation below) (日本語による原文下部に掲載) The late April 26th was the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster. After 3/11, however, in Japan as well as the world over, the name has come to be recalled as an event provoking a feeling totally distinct from the past. Every single day, we compare the atrocious event of Fukushima with that of Chernobyl, associating the past victims with our own today. The most urgent issue in Fukushima at present is … Read entire article »

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Sacchan: Iwaki City, Fukushima: Report from the Stricken Area

Sacchan: Iwaki City, Fukushima: Report from the Stricken Area

By Sacchan: (Japanese original below. English translation by Umi Hagitani) (日本語による原文下部に掲載) I visited Iwaki City, Fukushima on April 16th. I hadn’t been there since the earthquake. I went there to play a gig. “We don’t want our show to be a part of the Stay Strong Fukushima campaign. We want nuclear power plant to be the theme of the event,” K, who organized the show, said to me. I too was personally irritated that Tokyo doesn’t listen to what Fukushima really … Read entire article »

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Shiro Yabu: Leaving Tokyo

Shiro Yabu: Leaving Tokyo

By Shiro Yabu: (Japanese original below, English translation by Max Black) (日本語による原文下部に掲載) After the rain I go to a city park with my elementary-school age daughter. She jumps onto the chin-up bar. I notice that it is dripping wet. Lazily swinging back and forth on the bar, she starts to lick the rainwater off the bar. When I scold her, ‘don’t do that!’ she says, ‘but it’s yummy.’ She gets tired of licking the chin-up bar and now … Read entire article »

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Yoshihiko Ikegami: Introducing Post-War History in the Nuclear Accident Debate

Yoshihiko Ikegami: Introducing Post-War History in the Nuclear Accident Debate

By Yoshihiko Ikegami: (Japanese Translation below) (日本語による原文下部に掲載) There is a documentary film that is rapidly spreading among us now. It is entitled “Scenario of the Introduction of Atomic Energy — Nuclear Strategy vis-à-vis Japan during the Cold War,” produced by NHK TV in 1994. As the main title suggests, the film follows the process of how the postwar Japan introduced nuclear power plants as a state project. And as the sub-title suggests, it was done along the line … Read entire article »

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Chigaya Kinoshita: Dystopia of Civil Society — Part 2

Chigaya Kinoshita: Dystopia of Civil Society — Part 2

By Chigaya Kinoshita: Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis’s “Must we Rebuilt their Anthill?” is very rich in suggestions, and includes indicators to Japan’s present and future as well as showing an important direction for the re-posing of the question of the relationship between Japanese capitalism and society. Until a little while ago I had planned to write a response to their suggestions. But at present, there is an urgent need to talk about the ugly aspects … Read entire article »

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Notes for Understanding What is Happening in Japan

Notes for Understanding What is Happening in Japan

By Sabu Kohso: Since 3/11 and subsequent calamites, I have been thinking all the time about Japan, the archipelago in the Far East where I was born. Now it has been thirty years since I moved to NYC, but beginning from the 1990s, I began to reconnect myself with various veins of radical movements there. So I have many comrades and friends suffering and struggling there at the moment. I am communicating with a number of … Read entire article »

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An Inundation of Rumors is Already Announcing the Advent of Revolution

An Inundation of Rumors is Already Announcing the Advent of Revolution

By The Committee for Translating Coming Insurrection: (Japanese translation below) (日本語による原文下部に掲載) Politicians, the State, Mass media, the specialists, The high officials of nuclear power They all are enemies They all are liars – from a poem of a high school student in Minami-soma City, Fukushima Prefecture The Justice of Panic Sudden catastrophe runs a crack through everyday life (labor, politics, art, the state, capital…). Perhaps the interruption is the beginning of all becoming. We might recall Bertolt Brecht’s morality plays. But what needs to be summoned now, more than … Read entire article »

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A Victory for the Anti-Nuclear Plant Argument?

A Victory for the Anti-Nuclear Plant Argument?

By Masatake Shinohara: (Japanese translation below) (日本語による原文下部に掲載) In 1980, the economist Yoshiro Tamanoi described the danger of nuclear power in the Asahi Shimbun by raising the following problem. “The trend to opt for nuclear plants, based on the myth that once there is no more oil, nuclear will be the only way to go, is rampant and powerful in the commercial sector,” and that “There tends to be no distrust towards the position that we can simply treat nuclear … Read entire article »

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Two Letters to Japan…

Two Letters to Japan…

Two letters to Japan, one each from John Holloway and Marina Sitrin. Japanese translations are at the bottom. Here is the first letter from John Holloway: More than a month has passed since the earthquake, and the level of nuclear threat in Fukushima has just been raised. The terrible thing is that we do not want to see. Some things are so horrifying that we just want to look the other way, pretend that it did not happen. … Read entire article »

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Must We Rebuild Their Anthill?: A Letter to/for Japanese Comrades

Must We Rebuild Their Anthill?: A Letter to/for Japanese Comrades

By Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis: Dear comrades, We are writing to express to you our solidarity at a time when the pain for those who have died or have disappeared is still raw, and the task of reshaping of life out of the immense wreckage caused by the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear reactor meltdowns must appear unimaginable. We also write to think together with you what this moment marked by the most horrific nuclear … Read entire article »

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