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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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The Silk Road of the Sea: An Ending

The Silk Road of the Sea: An Ending

(p.189) 12 The Silk Road of the Sea: An Ending
Hard Times in the Hometown

Martin Dusinberre

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter considers how, in the three decades after the nuclear plan was first introduced, Kaminoseki finds itself at the center of national and international attention. As a “green” nuclear site, the town has become a test case for the future, post-Fukushima direction of Japanese energy and environmental policy. The chapter also notes how the apparently counterintuitive experiences of ordinary Kaminoseki townspeople offer an important additional perspective to the understanding of “Japan.” In particular, there are three story lines that throw new light on the study of modern Japan: one concerns the economic transformations that accompanied Japan's modernization, a second story involves how ordinary townspeople experience the world beyond Japan, and the final story is about the actions of ordinary people in the making of modern Japan.

Keywords:   Kaminoseki, nuclear plan, green nucler site, Japanese energy policy, modern Japan, modernization, Kaminoseki townspeople

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