More info on chapters and authors

Here is a description of the chapters in Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization? and short author bios.

 

Chapters

Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization? aims to critique and transcend the nuclear energy paradigm. Contributors include individuals from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations, united by their common concern with the externalities produced by the nuclear industry. The project emerged out of electronic conversations held in the wake of the Fukushima disaster about the fundamental irrationality (i.e., madness) of nuclear energy. The conversations prompted the collection, with the intent to make a widely available e-book presentation of the fundamental economic, ecological, medical and social risks associated with nuclear energy. Discussion is far-reaching, but each chapter addresses the systemic risks posed by nuclear energy to a sustainable future, with special emphasis on the lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster.

The book is divided into three distinct sections: Politics, Dispossession, and Energy Transitions. Politics explores the idea and practices of “nuclear dispossession,” which is visually illustrated with the project’s cover-art, created by William Banzai. Majia Nadesan’s introductory chapter “From Hiroshima to Fukushima” explains the integral political-ideological relationship between atomic war and atomic energy visualized in Banzai’s stunning “Hiroshima Fukushima” composition. Adam Broinowski’s “Sovereign Power Ambitions and the Realities of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster” argues that the inseparability of military and commercial nuclear programs in Japan’s long-harboured desires for great power status is undermining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation regime and stifling public knowledge concerning the health effects from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Richard Wilcox and Tony Boys conclude this section by investigating possibilities for, and challenges to, change with their chapter “The Political Challenge of Denuclearizing Japan.”

Section II of the book – Dispossession – begins with Chris Busby’s chapter on the health effects of nuclear fallout follows. Busby suggests that denial is built into commonly used dose-effects models used for predicting excess deaths and diseases caused by radiation exposure. Majia Nadesan’s chapter “Fukushima and Dispossession: The End of Liberal Democracy in Japan?” considers the risks posed by nuclear to liberal democratic rights. Paul Langley concludes this section by describing how nuclear energy leads to the dispossession of memory itself as traumatic nuclear events are erased from public memory, even as they are re-enacted, as illustrated by the case of radioactive “black rain” found in Japan after the World War II Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and again after the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Section III of the book – Energy Transitions – grounds the impetus for alternative energy with Harvey Wasserman’s “50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima.” Next, Andrew McKillop’s “European Energy Transition – Japan’s Non-Nuclear Future” explains how Japan can simultaneously free itself of energy insecurity and nuclear power. Christian T. Lystbaek provides a business rationale for transition in “What is the Business of Business? CSR, the Fukushima Crisis and Energy Transition in a Changing World.” Lystbaek argues that traditional models of corporate social responsibility (CSR) are inadequate for representing health and environmental externalities of business operations. He calls for a gestalt-switch in risk-assessment, with implications for the nuclear-energy paradigm. Social responsibility is really about human sustainability. Unfortunately, short-term profitability most often trumps all other organizational decisional criteria so the shift towards renewables may depend upon the efforts of private individuals. Tony Boys and Richard Wilcox draw upon interviews with Japanese residents to understand how citizens enact grassroots resistance against the nuclear-power paradigm through household decision making in “Grassroots Denuclearization: Can Japan Denuclearize by Adopting a Renewable Energy Future?” Their interviews focusing on rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panel reveal dissatisfaction with nuclear power and openness to renewables. They point out that Japan currently (as of June 2014) enjoys an opportunity for an energy-paradigm shift in the hiatus of the widespread nuclear shutdown produced by the Fukushima Daiichi disaster.

 

CONTENTS
PREFACE i
POLITICS
From Hiroshima to Fukushima by Majia Nadesan 2
Sovereign Power Ambitions and the Realities of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by Adam Broinowski 24
The Political Challenge of Denuclearizing Japan by Richard Wilcox and Tony Boys 53
DISPOSSESSION
Fukushima: The Dispossession of Reality by Physics by Chris Busby 74
Fukushima and Dispossession: The End of Liberal Democracy in Japan? by Majia Nadesan 100
Enforced Amnesia: The Dispossession of Memory by Paul Langley 130
ENERGY TRANSITIONS
Fifty Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima by Harvey Wasserman 163
What is the Business of Business? CSR, the Fukushima Crisis and Energy Transition in a Changing World by Christian T. Lystbaek 172
Grassroots Denuclearization: Can Japan Denuclearize by Adopting a Renewable Energy Future? by Tony Boys and Richard Wilcox 193
European Energy Transition – Japan’s Non-Nuclear Future by Andrew McKillop 218
The Nuclear Energy Paradigm Collides with Earth Changes and Technospheric Breakdown by The Fukushima Five 232
CONCLUSION 254
INDEX 257

 

Contributors

As noted above, the contributors to this collection hail from diverse backgrounds. Despite differences in geography and training, contributors share a common commitment to a sustainable future based on renewable energy sources. Moreover, each offers specialized insight into the Fukushima disaster based on their professional and/or scholarly expertise and personal experience.

WilliamBanzai7 is an artist/polemicist who specializes in creative satire and visual parody targeting all things concerning the financial industrial complex and related politics. He is a former professional and is knowledgeable with respect to most matters concerning regulatory capture and Wall Street chicanery. His works are published wildly at diverse internet venues, trading screens, cubby walls, refrigerators and survivalist bunkers throughout parts unknown. He calls his work: Visual Combat Banzai7. WilliamBanzai7 is of partial Japanese descent and has lived, studied and worked in Japan.WilliamBanzai7 prefers to publish under his ‘nom de plume’ as a professional courtesy to his former colleagues and clients. All of his work, spanning the period from the financial meltdown of September 2008 to date, can be found at his blog: http://www.williambanzai7.blogspot.com and on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/expd/.

Adam Broinowski is a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Culture, History and Language at the Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD from the Centre for Ideas and the School of Philosophical and Historical Studies, University of Melbourne. He has been a research fellow at the University of Tokyo, and lecturer at the Asia Institute and the VCA, University of Melbourne. His monograph is “Cultural responses to Occupation in Japan: The Performing Body during and after the Cold War” (Bloomsbury 2014). His Australian Research Council research fellowship at the ANU is “Contaminated Life: ‘Hibakusha’ in the Nuclear Age”.

Tony Boys is British but has lived in Japan for nearly 40 years. He has an MA in International Studies from Tsukuba University and now works as a freelance translator in the countryside of Ibaraki Prefecture. He has been involved in alternative energy research for many years, particularly in the field of the connections between food production and fossil fuels in Japan.

Christopher Busby is an expert on the health effects of ionizing radiation. He qualified in Chemical Physics at the Universities of London and Kent, and worked on the molecular physical chemistry of living cells for the Wellcome Foundation. Professor Busby is the Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk based in Brussels and has edited many of its publications since its founding in 1998. He has held a number of honorary University positions, including Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health of the University of Ulster and was until recently Guest Researcher at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. In his book Wings of Death (1995) he argued that the radiation risk models employed by national governments were unsafe for internal radionuclide exposures like those from Uranium weapons and Strontium-90, and he showed that the global cancer epidemic which began in 1980 was a consequence of the atmospheric nuclear tests of the 1960s. He followed this in 2007 with Wolves of Water, which examined cancer and radiological pollution of the Irish Sea, work funded by the Irish State. He has made several epidemiological studies of radiation effects, most recently in Fallujah, Iraq. Busby currently lives in Riga, Latvia. See also http://www.chrisbusbyexposed.org, http://www.greenaudit.org and http://www.llrc.org.

Christian T. Lystbaek is Associate Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at School of Business and Social Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. His primary research topics of interest are management development, corporate social responsibility, and business ethics. Christian´s career spans two decades of working with organizations to transform their culture and processes away from command and control toward more reflective and collaborative work systems. Prior to joining Aarhus University he has worked as a leadership and organizational development consultant in a wide array of corporate environments including large and small business organizations and government agencies.

Andrew McKillop is an economist, research consultant and writer on environmental and energy issues. Among other notable posts, he has served as a senior research associate for the Science Council of Canada, National Energy Coordinator for the Government of Papua New Guinea, and Expert-Policy and Programmes, Energy Directorate, European Commission, Brussels. Andrew is author of The Final Energy Crisis with Pluto Press. He was first energy editor of the journal The Ecologist and has published works with other analysts, e.g. ‘Oil Crisis and Economic Adjustment’, Pinter Publishing, with Dr Salah al-Shaikhly, currently the Interim Iraqi government’s Ambassador to London. His prolific essays on energy and the environment can be found widely, including on sites such as Financial Sense (http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/andrew-mckillop), among others.

Majia Holmer Nadesan is Professor of Communication Studies at Arizona State University’s New College. Her scholarship in the areas of risk, biopolitics, political economy, and autism has been published in a wide variety of professional and peer-reviewed venues, including four academic books: Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk (Palgrave, 2013), Governing Childhood: Biopolitical Strategies of Risk Management and Education (Palgrave, 2010), Governmentality, Biopower and Everyday Life (Routledge, 2008), and Constructing Autism (Routledge, 2005). Musings about nuclear, financial, and environmental dispossession found on her blog, http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/.

Paul Langley is an independent scholar who has researched the public health effects of radiation for decades. Langley’s research is based on close readings of official historical documents – including US and Australian government research reports – and detailed analysis of interviews conducted with atomic survivors. Langley authored (2012) Medicine and the Bomb: Deceptions from Trinity to Maralinga (available from: http://www.lulu.com/shop/paul-langley/medicine-and-the-bomb-deceptions-from-trinity-to-maralinga/ebook/product-21762622.html) and also regularly publishes on his nuclear history blog: http://nuclearexhaust.wordpress.com/.

Harvey Wasserman is author or co-author of a dozen books and edits the http://www.nukefree.org website. His Green Power & Wellness Show is at http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com. In 1973-4, he helped found America’s grassroots “No Nukes” movement, a phrase he helped coin. He is senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information & Resource Service and Senior Editor of http://www.freepress.org. He speaks regularly to citizen and campus groups around the US. In 1994 he addressed 350,000 semi-conscious rock fans at Woodstock 2. Harvey teaches history at two colleges in central Ohio.

Richard Wilcox holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from a social science, holistic perspective and teaches English at a number of universities in the Tokyo, Japan area. His articles on environmental topics including the Fukushima nuclear disaster are archived at Reporting from Tokyo, http://wilcoxrb99.wordpress.com/.

The Fukushima Five are a group of lifelong environmentalists and anti-nuclear advocates who published their first article on the Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 13th, 2011. It was entitled Japan: A Nation Consigned To Nuclear Armageddon and took the form of “An Open Letter to the People of Japan”. Many subsequent articles and essays were written on the same subject, the most widely read was As Fukushima Goes, So Goes Japan. We share a strongly held conviction: The current Nuclear Energy Paradigm is fatally flawed, and therefore the world must transition away from it as a major source of energy.

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