A year after the triple disaster of March 11, 2011, in Japan, we bring together five scholars of nuclear power and Japanese history to examine the causes of this disaster and the lessons for future nuclear power development. Sara B. Pritchard, in her essay “An Envirotechnical Disaster: Nature, Technology, and Politics at Fukushima,” explores the envirotechnical systems that shaped the disaster, paying particular attention to the political factors that made some workers far more vulnerable to radiation exposure than other workers. In “From Fearsome Pollution to Fukushima: Environmental Activism and the Nuclear Blind Spot in Contemporary Japan,” Simon Avenell examines the development of environmental activism in modern Japan, asking how and why a nuclear blind spot emerged in a...

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