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Animals and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

  • Investigates the policy of the Japanese government toward the animals of Fukushima and the voluntary animal rescue work that filled the void left by the government

  • Offers a dedicated insight into the individual fates of a number of animals in the aftermath of the disaster

  • Illustrates the problem of the conflict between the goals of neoliberalism and those of environmental and animal protection


Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Plight of Animals in General and Their Relief

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mayumi Itoh
      Pages 3-9
  3. Plights of Specific Animals and Their Rescue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Mayumi Itoh
      Pages 79-100
    3. Mayumi Itoh
      Pages 101-120
    4. Mayumi Itoh
      Pages 121-147
    5. Mayumi Itoh
      Pages 149-158
  4. Comparisons and Overall Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Mayumi Itoh
      Pages 207-213
    3. Mayumi Itoh
      Pages 215-228
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-246

About this book


This book is the first comprehensive, in-depth English language study of the animals that were left behind in the exclusion zone in the wake of the nuclear meltdown of three of the four reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in March 2011, triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake of magnitude 9.0.The Japanese government designated an area of 20-kilometer radius from the nuclear power station as an exclusion zone and evacuated one hundred thousand residents, but left companion animals and livestock animals behind in the radioactive area. Consequently, about 90 percent of the animals in the exclusion zone died. This book juxtaposes policies of the Japanese government toward the animals in Fukushima with the actions of grassroots volunteer animal rescue groups that filled the void of the government.    


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ScholarPrinceton, NJUSA

About the authors

Mayumi Itoh is a former Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.  She has also taught at Princeton University and Queens College, City University of New York , and has written numerous books, including Globalization of Japan (1998), The Hatoyama Dynasty (2003), Japanese Wartime Zoo Policy (2010), The Making of China’s Peace with Japan (2017), and The Japanese Culture of Mourning Whales (forthcoming 2018).

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