Mobilizing Nuclear Bias - Fukushima
Fukushima 2011 - Drei Jahre danach
Mobilizing Nuclear Bias:
The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and the Politics of Uncertainty (Article Updated and Revised May 18, 2014)
The nuclear disaster in Fukushima has given rise to one of the most significant public health crises in modern world history, with profound implications for how nuclear energy is perceived. In a major new interpretation of the crisis, Cleveland shows how the level of risk was assessed by nuclear experts and state-level actors who worked largely out of view of public scrutiny. In addition to examining how the accident progression in the reactors was addressed and conveyed to the general public, the authorshows how the exclusionary zones were determined by Japanese and foreign governments in Japan.
Diplomatic considerations helped to suppress the complex, often fractious relations between Japan and foreign governments - especially the United States - whose collective efforts eventually turned the tide from managing the nuclear meltdowns to ameliorating their long-term consequences. Based on interviews with political officials in both the Japanese government and foreign embassies in Japan, and nuclear experts and military officers who worked the crisis, the article analyzes how technical assessments drove decision making and were translated into political policy.
Kyle Cleveland is Associate Professor of Sociology at Temple University's Japan Campus in Tokyo and the Associate Director of TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies. He is writing a book on the political dimensions of radiation assessment in the Fukushima nuclear crisis, examining how foreign governments in Japan responded to the crisis.
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Prozess gegen ABE's Besuch im Yasukuni-Schrein
Eine Bitte aus Japan
TO ALL who are concerned about the Abe administration's nationalistic policy
Let's together join in a lawsuit against the Abe Shinzo's officially visiting the Yasukuni War Shrine in violation of the Constitution.
The Group Supporting Lawsuit Claiming against Offi cial Visits by Prime Minister Abe; Tokyo
On 26th in December 2013, the Prime Minister ABE Shinzo visited the Yasukuni Shrine as a Japanese Prime Minister and prayed to the war gods who had been the war dead and honored collectively.
The Prime Minister Abe rode on his official car with the formal suite and signed on the visiting book as "The Japanese Prime Minister ABE Shinzo" when he arrived at the Yasukuni Shrine. After that, he walked into the heart of the shrine and prayed to the war gods. This act is clearly identified as officially visiting and breached the rule of secular politics which is stipulated in Article 20 of the Japanese Constitution. We need to raise our voices to criticize against his visiting by way of our specific actions: the lawsuit against Abe's visiting the Yasukuni Shrine. Lesen Sie bitte hier weiter
Erdbeben im japanischen Pazifismus
Erdbeben im japanischen Pazifismus
Japan's prime minister is attempting to revise constitutional pacifism to allow for strengthening of armed forces.
30 May 2014
Akira Kawasaki, Executive Committee member of Peace Boat.
Celine Nahory, Coordinator of Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War.
On May 15, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made public his plan to gut the country's peace constitution by allowing its Self-Defence Force (SDF) to use force overseas. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has long sought to amend Article 9, which renounces war and prohibits maintenance of war potential, the economic capability of a nation to wage war, through an overall constitutional revision. However, due to significant public opposition, Abe has changed his strategy and is now trying to revise not the text of the constitution, but its interpretation. Such a move would make the fundamental peace clause a dead letter and signal a sharp departure from Japan's traditionally restrained defence policy.
Abe's plan is to change Article 9's interpretation through a cabinet decision without approval by the Japan's parliament called the National Diet in the coming months.... hier weiterlesen.
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"Die Zukunft, die wir meinen..."
Mainzer Botschat der Ökumensichen Versammlung 2014
„Die Zukunft, die wir meinen – Leben statt Zerstörung“
Der seit Jahrzehnten stattfindende ökumenische Prozess für „Gerechtigkeit, Frieden und Bewahrung der Schöpfung“ findet einen Ausdruck in einer Reihe Ökumenischer Versammlungen. Durch den jüngsten Aufruf der Vollversammlung des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK) in Busan 2013 zu einem auf sieben Jahre angesetzten „Pilgerweg der Gerechtigkeit und des Friedens“ ermutigt, fanden sich über 500 engagierte Menschen aus Österreich, der Schweiz, Deutschland und anderen Ländern (u.a. Ukraine), darunter viele Expertinnen und Experten, in Mainz vom 30. April bis 04. Mai 2014 zusammen. In vielen Workshops, Vorträgen, Open Space-Phasen und Diskussionsforen beschäftigten wir uns mit den aktuellen Problemen unserer kapitalistische Wirtschafts- und Lebensweise. Mit Papst Franziskus sind wir der Meinung: „Diese Wirtschaft tötet.“ Wir suchen eine „Ökonomie des Lebens“.
Aspekte von Gerechtigkeit heute ....
Aspekte von Frieden heute ....
Aspekte der Bewahrung der Schöpfung heute ....
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2013 Now in Korea: Distorting Democracy
Am 19.12.2013 ist seit der Präsidentschaftswahl gerade ein Jahr verstrichen, ein Jahr voller Enttäuschungen und Rückkehr zu politischen Methoden der 70er Jahre. "Now in Korea" befasst sich mit der derzeitigen Situation in Korea.
The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 8, No. 1, February 24, 2014.
Update February 24, 2014.
Mit freundlicher Erlaubnis von Japan Focus. (Dieser Essay ist notwendig zum Verständnis der derzeitigen Situation in Südkorea.)
Distorting Democracy: Politics by Public Security in Contemporary South Korea1
Jamie Doucette and Se-Woong Koo
Since our article appeared, there have been several developments that demand the reader’s attention. The scale of electoral interference was found to have been more extensive than we originally reported. Last December, prosecutors investigating the case disclosed that the National Intelligence Service (NIS) had produced over a period of two years leading up to the election some 1900 online posts and approximately 22 million Tweets with political or election-related content—roughly 30% of all election-related content that was generated on Twitter. This was circulated by agents of the NIS’s psychological warfare team and hired contractors.
The trial of former NIS chief Won Sei-hoon, who stands accused of overseeing the spread of messages favorable to the ruling Saenuri Party, is due to begin in the near future. On the other hand, on February 6 Kim Yong-pan, the former Seoul Metropolitan Police chief, was acquitted on the charge of ordering a cover-up of the NIS’s criminal activities after the court deemed the evidence insufficient to establish his guilt, ignoring the testimony of a key whistleblower in its entirety. The conduct of the trial and its verdict were condemned by members of the legal group MINBYUN (Lawyers for a Democratic Society) which criticized the police for limiting the scope of their initial analysis into NIS tweets and failing to fully investigate the online activity of NIS agent Kim Ha-young, the woman discovered on the eve of the presidential election to be spreading pro-Saenuri tweets and social media posts from her studio apartment.
On February 17 the United Progressive Party (UPP)’s left-nationalist lawmaker Lee Seok-ki was found guilty of sedition, plotting an armed rebellion, and National Security Law (NSL) violation based on a transcript from meetings held by Lee and his associates. He and his lawyers have vowed to appeal the verdict. The evidence against Lee, especially the transcript originally circulated by the NIS, was called into question in the course of the legal proceeding, as several original recordings on which the transcript was based proved missing and the transcript itself appeared to substitute extremist language in place of more neutral words. The court, however, largely accepted the case as presented by the NIS and prosecutors. Lee’s conviction on the charge of NSL violation was deemed especially troubling by progressive commentators as it relied heavily on the fact that Lee and his associates had sung “revolutionary” songs from North Korea.
Fukushima 2014 - Drei Jahre danach
von Shoko HARA und Paul Brenner
Kinder in Fukushima können auf Grund der radioaktiven Strahlung nicht mehr in der Natur spielen.
Denn die Natur ist nicht dekontaminierbar.
Dies ist nur eine Geschichte von 360.000 Kindern, die zu Hause bleiben und von ihrer Freiheit in der Natur träumen und die Wirklichkeit erleben.
Das Video ist die Examensarbeit von S. Hara und P. Brenner
DHBW Ravensburg, Media Design
Best Animated Film, International Uranium Filmfestival, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
Special Mention, Back-up Filmfestival, Weimar, 2013
Tokyo-Wahl 2014: Political Comeback?
Security in Northeast Asia
The Asia-Pacific Journal, January 26, 2014.
Mit freundlicher Erlaubnis von Japan Foccus.
Could Hosokawa Morihiro’s political comeback restore sanity to Japanese politics?
In the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial elections, Hosokawa Morihiro could make an astonishing comeback more than a quarter of a century after retiring as Prime Minister. Mainstream and independent media have generally stressed his opposition to nuclear power and his support for green energy alternatives, in contrast to the national government of Abe Shinzō. However, Abe and Hosokawa also represent different poles in another controversial field of politics – the politics of memory including the fraught question of apologies for war and the regional and global implications of their respective stances.