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3-11-12 Japan's Disasters Symposium Interview Videos

3-11-12 conference flyer

March 11-12, 2012 the Cornell East Asia Program held a symposium on the year following the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear disasters in Northeast Japan. The symposium brought together scholars in a wide array of fields, including history, science and technology studies, anthropology, law, and religious studies. 

Part of the symposium were screenings of three interviews with social leaders in Japan conducted by Chika Watanabe and Naoki Sakai in December 2011 and January 2012. These interview videos were edited down to 10-15 minute excerpts, and provided with subtitled transcriptions and translations. The three interviews are

  • "On the Meaning of 'kizuna': an Interview with Keiko Kiyama, General Secretary, NGO JEN,"
  • "On the History of Nuclear Technology in Japan: an Interview with Mr. Ichiyo Mutō of the People's Plan Study Group," and
  • "On the Meaning of March 2011 Fukushima: an Interview with Mr. Yukio Yamaguchi, Co-Director, Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center." 

The program for the symposium is attached as .pdf file.

Keiko Kiyama, General Secretary, NGO JEN

Chika Watanabe, Cornell Anthropology, interviews Keiko Kiyama, General Secretary, NGO JEN, concerning their work in the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 disasters in Northeast Japan.

Video of excerpt interview with Ms. Keiko Kiyama, December, 2011 

Ichiyo Mutō of the People's Plan Study Group

Naoki Sakai, Cornell History, interviews Mr. Ichiyo Mutō of the People's Plan Study Group, January 5, 2012. In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disasters, Mr. Muto outlines the history of nuclear power and nuclear technology in Japan from 1945 through to the present. 

Video of interview excerpt with Mr. Ichiyo Mutō, January, 2012

Yukio Yamaguchi, Co-Director, Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center

On the meaning of March, 2011 Fukushima. An interview by Naoki Sakai, Cornell History, with Mr. Yukio Yamaguchi, Co-Director, Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center, Tokyo. 

Video of interview excerpt with Mr. Yukio Yamaguchi, January 2012