One year after Fukushima, Japanese society still recovering

March 8, 2012

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Fukushima resident Kouta Miyazaki, left, with his son, Ryoutaro, says he now drinks imported English tea.

This Sunday will mark the one year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  While the country continues the physical clean up in many areas outside the 12-mile exclusion zone, it’s the psychological toll that may have the most lasting effects on Japanese society.  People throughout the country remain preoccupied with radiation fears.  The anti-nuclear debate has taken on a new meaning and for many families, even as far as Tokyo, day-to-day life has been significantly changed.

Norma Field, professor of Japanese studies at the University of Chicago, discusses how Fukushima has affected Japanese society.


What March 11 Means to Me” is a symposium that will be held on March 10-11, 2012 at the University of Chicago, Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, 1025 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL.