SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

Denuclear Movement in the Post-Fukushima Japan: The Old, The New and the Common Citizens

Beata Bochorodycz
Dr Beata Bochorodycz

Date: 22 November 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 22 November 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Seminar


The anti-nuclear movement in Japan after the Asia-Pacific War has been very dynamic, changing its nature and focus with the fluctuations in the domestic and international political opportunities and constrains. From the mid- 1950s, after the incident with the fishing vessel Lucky Dragon, the movement evolved from the anti-war, peace and anti-nuclear (hansen, heiwa, hankaku) movement, which focused primarily on abolition of war and nuclear weapons, through protests against construction of nuclear power plants and lawsuits for damages in the 1970s, up to the anti-nuclear power plants (han/datsugenpatsu) movement, labeled in this research as “denuclear”, which calls for abolition of nuclear power plants after Fukushima Daiichi accident in March 2011. Based on the field research conducted in the Tokyo area between 2013 and 2014, the talk will focus on the post-Fukushima (new) antinuclear movement in comparison to previous (old) movements in regard to such issues as: organizational structure, mobilization strategies, repertoire of protests and issue framing (“common citizens”).

Speaker Biography

Dr Beata Bochorodycz (b. 1968 in Poland) holds MA in Japanese studies from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (AMU), MA in law (political science specialty) from the Kyushu University in Fukuoka, and PhD in political science from the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). Beata has been working for the past 10 years at UAM teaching modern political and social history of Japan, Japanese politics, and foreign policy with a focus on US-Japan relation and the Okinawa issue. Beata has been a Fellow of the International Rotary Club (1993-1995), the Japanese Ministry of Education (1997-2001), and Japan Foundation (2013-2014). Her work and research experience include two years as Assistant (joshu) at Kyushu University, six months as a visiting professor at Yokohama National University, few years as Associate Professor at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, and SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. She is an author and co-author of several publications on Japan, including a newly published Japan’s Foreign Policy Making (Springer, 2018, together with Karol Zakowski and Marcin Socha).

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