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Japan after 3/11: Global Perspectives on the Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Meltdown

edited by Pradyumna P. Karan and Unryu Suganuma

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Asia in the New Millennium
496 pages  Pubdate: 09/27/2016  6.125 x 9.25  61 b&w photos, 77 maps, 12 figures, 34 tables

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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.

Pradyumna P. Karan, University Research Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky, is the author or editor of many books, including Japan in the 21st Century: Environment, Economy, and Society and The Indian Ocean Tsunami: The Global Response to a Natural Disaster.

Unryu Suganuma is associate professor of geography at J. F. Oberlin University in Tokyo. He is the author of Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations and coeditor of Local Environmental Movements: A Comparative Study of the United States and Japan.

This landmark book provides a clear and comprehensive account of devastation caused by the triple disasters of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear radiation that ravaged the northeastern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011.The contributors to this remarkable volume are experts in their fields, and many of them traveled to the most devastated areas to observe and document the disasters’ impact on the lives of victims and on the landscape. -- Bimal K. Paul, author of Environmental Hazards and Disasters: Contexts, Perspectives and Management

This collection of essays by leading geographers and other specialists in Japan and the United States is unique for the multidimensional, ground-level perspectives it provides on the events of 3/11 and their aftermath, as well as the explicit comparisons it draws to disasters in other parts of the world. -- Bruce L. Batten, co-editor of Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands: From Prehistory to the Present