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On March 11, 2011, an underwater earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku, Japan, triggered one of the most devastating tsunamis of a generation. The aftermath was overwhelming: communities were reduced to rubble, thousands of people were missing or dead, and relief organizations struggled to reach affected areas to provide aid for survivors and victims of radiation from compromised nuclear reactors.

In Japan after 3/11, editors Pradyumna P. Karan and Unryu Suganuma assemble geographers, economists, humanists, and scientists to consider the complex economic, physical, and social impacts of this heartbreaking disaster. Historical geographers place the events of March 2011 in context, while other contributors assess the damage and recommend strategies for the long process of reclamation and rebuilding. The book also includes interviews with victims that explore the social implications of radioactive contamination and invite comparisons to the discrimination faced by survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Balancing the natural and social sciences, this timely volume offers not only a model of interdisciplinary research for scholars but also an invaluable guide to the planning and implementation of reconstruction.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Remarks by the Honorable Itsunori Onodera, Member of the Japanese House of Representatives from Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture
  2. Translated by Mihoko Inamori
  3. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: After the Triple Disaster: Landscape of Devastation, Despair, Hope, and Resilience
  2. Pradyumna P. Karan
  3. pp. 1-44
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  1. 1 Historical Geography of the Japanese Tsunami
  2. Unryu Suganuma
  3. pp. 45-73
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  1. 2 Facing the 3/11 Waves
  2. Junko Oikawa
  3. pp. 74-80
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  1. 3 Tsunamis and Earthquakes in Japanese Literature
  2. Yukiko Dejima
  3. pp. 81-103
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  1. 4 Tsunami Flow and Geo-Environment of the Pacific Coastal Region of Tohoku
  2. Masatomo Umitsu
  3. pp. 104-120
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  1. 5 Tsunami Damage and the Road to Recovery in Onagawa Town
  2. Takehiko Takano
  3. pp. 121-137
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  1. 6 Earthquake and Tsunami in Taro Town
  2. H. Todd Stradford
  3. pp. 138-159
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  1. 7 The Cases of Two Tsunami Storytellers Who Experienced Tsunami Disasters Twice in Their Lifetimes
  2. Tomoko Yamazaki
  3. pp. 160-174
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  1. 8 Agricultural Damage in the Sendai Plain and the Road to Recovery
  2. Ryohei Sekine
  3. pp. 175-188
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  1. 9 Ramifications of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Toward the End of the “Peaceful Atom”?
  2. Jonathan Taylor
  3. pp. 189-203
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  1. 10 TEPCO and Nuclear Energy Politics: An Analysis of the “Japanese Pentagon”
  2. Unryu Suganuma
  3. pp. 204-228
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  1. 11 Characteristics of the Evacuation Area and the Spatial Distribution of Radioactive Pollution in Fukushima Prefecture
  2. Toshio Hatsuzawa and Takehiko Takano
  3. pp. 229-250
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  1. 12 The Social Structures of Victimization of Fukushima Residents Due to Radioactive Contamination from the 2011 Nuclear Disaster
  2. Yukio Yotsumoto and Shunichi Takekawa
  3. pp. 251-268
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  1. 13 Internet-Age Parents and Children after the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami
  2. Yukiko Dejima and Wakako Ikeda-Ohtsubo
  3. pp. 269-287
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  1. 14 Crisis Mapping Project and Counter-Mapping by Neo-Geographers
  2. Toshikazu Seto and Yuichiro Nishimura
  3. pp. 288-306
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  1. 15 The Impact of the 2011 Tsunami and Earthquake on Distribution Systems in the Tohoku Region
  2. Jun Tsuchiya
  3. pp. 307-316
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  1. 16 The Impact of the Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Radiation on the Manufacturing Industry in the Tohoku Region
  2. Masateru Hino
  3. pp. 317-330
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  1. 17 Disaster Prevention Culture: Role of Schools in Saving Tsunami Victims
  2. Kenji Yamazaki
  3. pp. 331-363
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  1. 18 The Role of Volunteering in Post-Tsunami Town Recovery: The Experience of All Hands in Ofunato City, Iwate
  2. James M. Hall and Moto Suzuki
  3. pp. 364-378
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  1. 19 Distribution of Non-Japanese Residents and Support Activities for Them in the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster–Stricken Areas
  2. Kohei Okamoto and Kumi Sato
  3. pp. 379-397
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  1. 20 Coordinating Policy Toward Fiscal Preparedness for Natural Disasters: A Post-2011 Earthquake and Tsunami Perspective
  2. Yilin Hou and Unryu Suganuma
  3. pp. 398-416
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  1. 21 Experiencing Disasters in Two Places: China’s 1976 Tangshan Earthquake and Japan’s 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Radiation
  2. Lisa Yinghong Li
  3. pp. 417-431
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  1. 22 Liquefaction in the 2011 Earthquake in Japan and the Christchurch, New Zealand, Earthquake: Responses and Challenges to Reconstruction
  2. Christine Mary Wilby
  3. pp. 432-446
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  1. 23 Tamil Nadu and Tohoku: The Two Tsunamis
  2. Pradyumna P. Karan
  3. pp. 447-462
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 463-464
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 465-470
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 471-482
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813167329
Print ISBN
9780813167305
MARC Record
OCLC
957521315
Pages
528
Launched on MUSE
2016-09-03
Language
English
Open Access
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