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An Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo's Commuter Train Network

Michael Fisch

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226558417
eISBN:
9780226558691
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226558691.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo’s Commuter Train Network is an exploration of collective life formed at the interstices of human and machine operation within one of the most complex and ... More


After Fukushima: Veto Players and Japanese Nuclear Policy

Jacques E. C. Hymans

in Japan: The Precarious Future

Published in print:
1953
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781479889389
eISBN:
9781479830893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479889389.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Economic Sociology

In the wake of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, many observers expected that Japan would decide to abandon nuclear power as a major energy source. Others expected that it ... More


My Nuclear Nightmare: Leading Japan Through the Fukushima Disaster to a Nuclear-Free Future

Naoto Kan

Jeffrey S. Irish (ed.)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501705816
eISBN:
9781501706110
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501705816.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

On March 11, 2011, a massive undersea earthquake off Japan's coast triggered devastating tsunami waves that in turn caused meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. ... More


Hard Times in the Hometown: A History of Community Survival in Modern Japan

Martin Dusinberre

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835248
eISBN:
9780824871819
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835248.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book tells the story of Kaminoseki, a small town on Japan's Inland Sea. Once one of the most prosperous ports in the country, Kaminoseki fell into profound economic decline following Japan's ... More


Nuclear Energy: A Rising-Cost Technology

Christian de Perthuis and Pierre-André Jouvet

in Green Capital: A New Perspective on Growth

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231171403
eISBN:
9780231540360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171403.003.0017
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

All other things being equal, a CO2 price thus tends to decrease the cost of nuclear power compared to fossil fuel energy. Would the widespread introduction of carbon pricing then justify the use of ... More


Preamble

Jean-Luc Nancy

in After Fukushima: The Equivalence of Catastrophes

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263387
eISBN:
9780823266333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263387.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Not all catastrophes are the same. The equivalence of catastrophes states that the spread and repercussion of catastrophes will have an impression that will forever resemble the well-known paradigm ... More


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Jean-Luc Nancy

in After Fukushima: The Equivalence of Catastrophes

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263387
eISBN:
9780823266333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263387.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter compares and analyzes the atrocious man-made disasters in the past. Auschwitz and Hiroshima have something in common, that is, a crossing of limits. But this limit is different from the ... More


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Jean-Luc Nancy

in After Fukushima: The Equivalence of Catastrophes

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263387
eISBN:
9780823266333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263387.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter deals with the effects of Fukushima and their meaning. One month after the tsunami on 11 March 2011, Osamu Nishitani asked where the future was. A deeper meaning however comes the ... More


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Jean-Luc Nancy

in After Fukushima: The Equivalence of Catastrophes

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263387
eISBN:
9780823266333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263387.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter discusses equivalence. The equivalence of the disaster of Fukushima and other catastrophes goes beyond the military and general use of nuclear power, but to the powers humanity has ... More


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Jean-Luc Nancy

in After Fukushima: The Equivalence of Catastrophes

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263387
eISBN:
9780823266333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263387.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter deals with transformation after the disaster. The effects of Fukushima are incalculable—on the earth, on the regions, the seas, and for the economies of energy of a country. What is ... More


An Envirotechnical Disaster: Negotiating Nature, Technology, and Politics at Fukushima

Sara B. Pritchard

in Japan at Nature's Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836924
eISBN:
9780824871109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836924.003.0013
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the power and politics underlying the Fukushima nuclear disaster that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. It argues that Fukushima was an envirotechnical disaster, a result of the ... More


Japan: Paragon of Energy Efficiency, Green Growth Laggard

Brian Woodall

in Can Green Sustain Growth?: From the Religion to the Reality of Sustainable Prosperity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780804785259
eISBN:
9780804788571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804785259.003.0009
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

Despite compelling reasons to do so, Japanese policymakers have been reluctant to fully buy into a “green growth” strategy. One might have expected that the triple disasters of March 2011 – ... More


Festivals: Differing Models of Communication

Noriko Manabe

in The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780199334681
eISBN:
9780190454951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334681.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular, Ethnomusicology, World Music

As music festivals are a space apart from everyday lives, both musicians and audience members can feel freer to engage in political expression at them. After describing politically themed folk and ... More


Ninety Seconds

Michael Fisch

in An Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo's Commuter Train Network

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226558417
eISBN:
9780226558691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226558691.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

In the final chapter the location shifts from Tokyo to Osaka, where the discussion deals with a commuter train derailment in late April 2005 that was triggered by a ninety-second schedule delay and ... More


Conclusion: Reflections on the Gap

Michael Fisch

in An Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo's Commuter Train Network

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226558417
eISBN:
9780226558691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226558691.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

The conclusion reflects on the central themes and methods raised in the text while drawing a connection to current anxieties regarding technological development in Japan that emerged with the nuclear ... More


The Information Sharing Crisis that Does Not Go Away

Alon Peled

in Traversing Digital Babel: Information, E-Government, and Exchange

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262027878
eISBN:
9780262319867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027878.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

The chapter illustrates the severity of public sector information sharing failures with five tragic events where information sharing failure was decisive: the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion; the ... More


Where, How, and Why Will Nuclear Happen?: Nuclear “Renaissance” Discourses from Buyers and Suppliers Allison Macfarlane

Allison Macfarlane

in The Nuclear Renaissance and International Security

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780804784177
eISBN:
9780804785303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804784177.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter examines multiple discourses surrounding the acquisition of nuclear energy technology to illuminate the motivations and intentions of actors who will shape the future of the nuclear ... More


The Why of Things: Causality in Science, Medicine, and Life

Peter Rabins

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164726
eISBN:
9780231535458
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164726.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Why was there a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant? Why do some people get cancer and not others? Why is global warming happening? Why does one person get depressed in the face of life's ... More


Slowing Uranium in Australia: Lessons for Urgent Transition beyond Coal, Gas, and Oil

James Goodman and Stuart Rosewarne

in Ending the Fossil Fuel Era

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780262028806
eISBN:
9780262327077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028806.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Environmental Politics

If keeping fossil fuels in the ground requires a perceptual shift from viewing them as highly valued, net beneficial resources to seeing them as costly, planetary threats, then Australia’s ... More


Screen Cultures in the Asia-Pacific

Larissa Hjorth, Sarah Pink, Kristen Sharp, and Linda Williams

in Screen Ecologies: Art, Media, and the Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262034562
eISBN:
9780262334013
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034562.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

In Chapter 4 we consider how mobile media require us to rethink the types of media and capital flows that take place in the Asia-Pacific region and what these movements say about cultural ... More


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