Japanese Women and Antinuclear Activism After the Fukushima Accident
The Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011, resulted in three full reactor meltdowns and the spread of radioactive fallout over mainland Japan, primarily throughout the Tohoku region. Many affected communities required long-term and, in some cases, permanent evacuation. This chapter examines the social, economic, and health effects the disaster has had on women and children. It also examines how and why many Japanese women and mothers became antinuclear activists after the disaster. In becoming outspoken nuclear power opponents, these women broke traditional social barriers and gender expectations and a nascent feminism or ecofeminism was born.
KeywordsFukushima Ionizing radiation Cesium-137 Nuclear disaster Mothers Women Feminism Ecofeminism Children Japan
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