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Hard Times in the HometownA History of Community Survival in Modern Japan$
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Martin Dusinberre

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835248

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835248.001.0001

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Nuclear Decision

Nuclear Decision

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Hard Times in the Hometown

Martin Dusinberre

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the partnership between the Kaminoseki municipality and Chugoku Electric Power Company. Chugoku Electric's involvement with the town began when mayor Kanō Shin was asked about the possibility of constructing an atomic power station in the municipality. The chapter provides two reasons for studying this issue. First, it adds to the understanding of how and why controversial Japanese infrastructure projects have been sited in the postwar period. Second, the nuclear story shows the extent to which Meiji period hometown structures endured into the late twentieth century. Although the dispute over nuclear power in many ways ripped apart the social fabric of Kaminoseki, the ways in which it was first introduced in Kaminoseki nevertheless underlines the survival of older forms of political and social interaction.

Keywords:   Chugoku Electric Power Company, Kaminoseki, Kanō Shin, Japanese infrastructure, postwar period, Meiji period

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