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Newsletter No. 13. 2013    

April 1, 2013    
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Anders Pape Møller and Timothy A. Mousseau are eminent scientists who have been researching the impact on animal and plant life of the Chernobyl disaster for more than a decade, and the Fukushima disaster since July 2011. In the present issue they pose a series of disconcerting questions about government handling of the disaster and, particularly, about continuing dangers, above all to women and children in stricken regions. Asato Ikeda interviews the artist Ikeda Manabu on his extraordinatry art responding to the 3.11 triple disasters in light of disaster art from Tokugawa and Meiji forward.

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Anders Pape Møller and Timothy A. Mousseau, Uncomfortable Questions in the Wake of Nuclear Accidents at Fukushima and Chernobyl


Twenty nuclear accidents at the official International Nuclear Event Scale of 4 to 7 have occurred between 1952 and 2011 (Lelieveld et al. 2012). The risk of another major accident during the next 50 years is high and it has been estimated that some 30 million people could be directly affected by such an accident. The highest risks occur around major metropolises such as New York, Washington, Atlanta, Toronto, Western Europe, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo and Osaka. The lessons that have emerged from Chernobyl and Fukushima reveal a range of serious questions that must be answered appropriately, above all for the sake of citizens, but also for the credibility of the nuclear industry, and for framing the ongoing debate over energy alternatives. Because recent models suggest that more than half of released radioactive material from a nuclear disaster would be transported more than 1000 km from the site of release, these questions are important even for citizens in distant countries. It is in this spirit that we have produced a list of unpleasant questions that have been a cause of concern since we first started conducting research at Chernobyl in 1992, and have grown in urgency since conducting research at Fukushima beginning in 2011.


Question 1: Why are nuclear reactors frequently clustered making problems much greater in case of emergencies? How to get to the other reactors if one melts down completely?



Anders Pape Møller is a Director of Research at the CNRS in Paris, France.  Timothy A. Mousseau is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, USA. They have worked together since 2000 studying the impacts of radioactive fallout around Chernobyl, and since July 2011 they have conducted field studies to determine whether fallout from Fukushima is likely to have comparable impacts to those documented in Chernobyl.   


Recommended citation: Anders Pape Møller and  Timothy A. Mousseau, "Uncomfortable Questions in the Wake of Nuclear Accidents at Fukushima and Chernobyl," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Volume 11, Issue No. 13, No. 1, April 1, 2013.



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Asato Ikeda and Ikeda Manabu, the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, and Disaster/Nuclear Art in Japan

This article introduces Ikeda Manabu and his art, and situates his work within the history of imagining disasters in Japanese art by introducing prominent Japanese works, including disaster prints from the Edo and Meiji periods and nuclear art by Domon Ken, Fukushima Kikujiro, and Maruki Iri and Toshi. The article will ultimately consider what Ikeda's art means to the larger discourse of contemporary Japanese society and art.


Asato Ikeda earned her PhD from the University of British Columbia and co-edited, with Ming Tiampo and Aya Louisa McDonald, Art and War in Japan and its Empire: 1931-1960 (Leiden: Brill, 2012).  As the 2012-2013 Anne van Biema fellow at the Freer | Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, she is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled Soldiers and Cherry Blossoms: Japanese Art, Fascism, and World War II.


Recommended Citation: Asato Ikeda Ikeda Manabu, "The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, and Disaster/Nuclear Art in Japan," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Volume 11, Issue No. 13, No. 2, April 1, 2013.