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Sayônara Nuclear Power – Protests in Japan after “Fukushima” - English abstract


After the 2011 Northeast Japan triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant triple meltdown) strong protests against nuclear power in Japan occurred all over the country. Up to 200,000 people – wrongly estimated at 20,000 by authorities – gathered in Tôkyô in summer 2012 at the time of the restart of the Ôi nuclear power plant. Since those days, historically branded as the “Hydrangea Revolution”, every Friday protesters meet in front of the Prime Minister’s residence at Nagata-chô/Tôkyô as well as many places all over Japan. Though the number of protesters has declined since summer 2012, no nukes events all around Japan continue. In addition, countless legal proceedings are undertaken to stop restarted power plants, prevent restarts or construction of new ones.

For five years, between 2012 and 2017, Andreas Singler investigated inside Japan’s no nukes movement. Nine travels lead him to many of those places where protests appear, in the urban metropolitan area of Tôkyô as well as in Japan’s very countryside, to places where nuclear power plants already stand and those where new facilities in Ôma (northern Honshû) and Kaminoseki (Japanese Inland Sea) are being built or continued to be planned. He met concerned scientists, critical journalists, spiritual leaders as well as many angry and despaired individual citizens trying whatever they can in peaceful and nonviolent ways to protect their homes and the environment.

Unlike western traditional cultural stereotypes often suggest, Japan appears as a country of a rich protest culture. It’s roots lead back into times far before the 2011 triple catastrophe. Obviously, lots of the post-“Fukushima”-protests are based on structures that already existed before. Many protesters started their activities against nuclear power after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Quite a number of elders look back even into the days of the 1950’s and 1960’s social movements. No nukes protests are tightly connected to other issues as the “State Secrecy Law” (2013/14), the reinterpretation law of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution (“Peace Article”) in 2015 as well as the “Anti Conspiracy Law” of 2017, sharply condemned by a report on behalf of the United Nations. No nukes protest in Japan can be identified not only as a fight against a risk technology mankind is unable to deal with in a safe way. In addition it is a cry for what protesters call a “true democracy”.

At several occasions the author went to Fukushima, observing a new normality as well as its faults and cracks. Also he met some of those pioneers who work on new perspectives for their home area undertaking innovative projects about renewable energies.

Schwerpunktthema dieser Website ist die Anti-Atom-Bewegung in Japan. Nach der Dreifachkatastrophe in Nordostjapan vom 11. März 2011 mit Erdbeben, Tsunami und in der Folge dem Atomunglück von Fukushima I hat sich im ganzen Land eine breite Protestbewegung gebildet. Sie ist, auch wenn die Medien davon kaum noch Notiz nehmen, nach wie vor aktiv. Und sie hat eine lange, bemerkenswerte Geschichte, die weit in die Zeit vor der Katastrophe zurückgeht.


Ein weiteres Schwerpunktthema ist die Situation in der Präfektur Fukushima. Mehrere Wochen oder Monate im Jahr verbringt der Autor in der Region, um zur aktuellen Situation zu recherchieren und Feldforschung zu betreiben. Er arbeitet bei beiden Themenschwerpunkten an Buchpublikationen und Aufsätzen sowie an Vorträgen bzw. Präsentationen.


Weitere Themen: Olympia in Tokyo 2020, Doping im Sport, Reisen.


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