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Friday, January 31, 2014, 18:15 - 20:30



This book is the first in-depth study of the Japanese communities affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis of 11 March 2011. A team of experienced researchers of Japan have covered field sites dotted around the disaster zone. The book presents the survivors' struggles in their own words: from enduring life in shelters and temporary housing, through re-creating the fishing industry, to rebuilding life-ways and relationships bruised by bereavement. They contrast the sudden brutal loss of life from the tsunami with the protracted anxiety about exposure to radiation; they follow the battle to protect children, family and a way of life from the effects of destruction, displacement and discrimination. The local communities' encounters with volunteers and journalists who poured into Tohoku after the disaster and the campaign to win compensation from the state and nuclear industry are also explored. This volume offers insights into the social fabric of rural communities in north-eastern Japan and suggests how the human response to disaster may be improved in the future.

At the FCCJ Book Break, co-editors Tom Gill (Meiji Gakuin University) and David Slater (Sophia University) will be joined by three other contributors to the book: young researchers Nathan Peterson and Yoko Ikeda, and FCCJ stalwart David McNeill. Gill has been making a long series of fieldtrips to study displaced people from Iitate village in Fukushima. Slater has studied and participated in numerous volunteer missions to the tsunami-devastated zone. Peterson has studied religious responses to the disaster in Iwate prefecture. Ikeda, a native of Fukushima, has been tracking the local response to radiation and social discrimination. McNeill has analysed the domestic and international media response to the disasters.
The talk will be in English.
The library committee is offering a cocktail party - "Meet the Author" - starting at 6.15 pm. Followed by dinner at 6.45pm (Menu:Oven Fried Chicken with Mustard). Drinks can be ordered on a cash basis from the bar in the room. Book Break charges 2,000 yen (including tax) for the event. Non-members eligible to attend may pay in cash.
Sign up now at the reception desk (03-3211-3161) or on the FCCJ website. To help us plan proper seating and food preparation, please reserve in advance, preferably by noon of the day of the event. Those without reservations will be turned away once available seats are filled. Reservations cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.
Library Committee
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