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Radiating Risk: Food Safety and Public Health After the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

Tuesday, July 3, 2012   19:00 - 21:00

  • Ryugo Hayano
  • Satsuki Takahashi
  • Nicolas Sternsdorff

Japan’s nuclear crisis has provoked profound unease about the danger of radiation dispersion, especially in the Tohoku region. As the initial dramatic phase of the nuclear crisis has passed into long-term concern about the effects of radiation on public health, citizen groups, NGOs and members of the scientific community have stepped up efforts to supplement the government’s assessments. Concerned citizens have increasingly taken matters into their own hands, since the initial handling of the crisis has generated distrust of the government’s ability to effectively manage the crisis and accurately address the dangers posed by radiation.
This panel brings together cultural anthropologists who are studying food safety in Japan, and one of Japan’s leading scientists, who has been notable for bringing attention to the government’s response to the nuclear crisis, and offering scientifically informed alternatives to established protocols. The panel will address how radiation assessment is conceived and implemented in Japan, and discuss the controversies surrounding the highly contentious issue of food safety, as citizen activists seek alternatives to the government’s procedures. Discussion will touch on issues related to Civil Society in Japan and the changing nature of political engagement in the aftermath of the 3.11 crisis.

Date & Time:
Tuesday, July 3, 2012   19:00 - 21:00 (Doors open at 18:30)
5F, Mita Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
4-1-27 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Kyle Cleveland (ICAS Associate Director)
If possible, we ask you to register by E-mail (icas@tuj.temple.edu) , but we always welcome participants even you do not register. / 参加登録はなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。


Ryugo Hayano

Satsuki Takahashi

Nicolas Sternsdorff