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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.123

A study of the perceptions of nuclear disaster evacuees from Okuma in Fukushima


  • Dr. Satoe NAKAHARA

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Eight years have passed since the accident of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station following the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami. Discontent is growing among the evacuees, including: compensation schemes, reconstruction policies, bullying at school and residence, etc. Previous works have revealed that evacuees lost irreplaceable value such as the natural resources of their communities, social relationships that have been handed down from generation to generation, and so on. What kind of value did the evacuees from around Fukushima Daiichi, supported by generous nuclear subsidies, lose through this disaster? This presentation focuses on Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture, site of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. All the town’s inhabitants remain evacuated, separated from their homes. This presentation explores the nuclear power station accident from the point of view of the victim’s side, focusing on my interview with a woman who evacuated from Okuma to Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture. Above all, I consider her perception focusing on the lost value she suffered due to the accident in Okuma.