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The Fukushima Crisis and the Politics of Uncertainty
- Kyle Cleveland (Associate Director of Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology, Temple University Japan Campus)
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director of ICAS, is doing path-breaking work on the politics of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, and will speak on issues related to how the US government interfaced with the Japanese government and TEPCO in the most dire days of that crisis. Based on intensive interviews with some of the principle actors in the U.S. State Department and Prime Minister’s office, Department of Defense and Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Kyle has nuanced information on how these organizations sorted the crisis, ranging from assessing the dispersion of radioactive fallout to setting evacuation zones and facilitating the departure of D.O.D. dependents from Japan. Since 2011, Kyle has interviewed nuclear experts, public officials, NGO and citizen radiation monitoring groups and activists on how the nuclear crisis was addressed, and is writing a book on how radiation assessment is negotiated to establish public safety standards in this most contentious of issues.
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Associate Director of Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology, Temple University Japan Campus
Kyle Cleveland has taught at Temple University’s Japan campus for over 20 years, and founded the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies.
At the university he has held a number of administrative roles, and teaches
courses in political sociology, race and ethnicity and Japanese popular and youth culture.((http://www.tuj.ac.jp/newsite/main/undergrad/about_tuj/faculty/kyle_cleveland.html)