Editor of Japan Copes with Calamity to speak at the Japan Foundation in London

Gill et al. coverProfessor Tom Gill, co-editor of the Japan Copes with Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011, will speak at the Japan Foundation in London on ‘Nagadoro: Rural life after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster’.

Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011, Professor Tom Gill (Meiji Gakuin University) has made some 26 field trips to Nagadoro, a tiny hamlet that has absorbed some of the highest levels of radiation in Fukushima prefecture. During the course of these field trips Professor Gill has got to know the people of Nagadoro as they undergo an agonizing series of trials and tribulations. In this special public seminar he tells their story and offers a glimpse of what life is really like for the residents of the nuclear disaster zone.

Joining Professor Gill in discussion will be Professor Ian Neary from the University of Oxford.

4 September 2014 at 6:30-8 pm. Japan Foundation, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH. Admission is free, booking essential. Email event@jpf.org.uk to reserve your place.

Japan Copes with Calamity is the first collection of ethnographies in English on the Japanese communities affected by the giant Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 and the ensuing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. From life in shelters, to anxiety about exposure to radiation, to encounters with aid-workers and journalists, this volume offers unique insights into the lives of those affected by ‘3.11’.

‘By far the richest volume of ethnographic data to emerge in disaster literature in many years.’ – Susanna M. Hoffman, co-editor of Catastrophe and Culture

Available for purchase here.

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