2013 研究助成 Research Grant Program  /  個人研究助成B  
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(Project Title)
原発避難における中小事業所の実態と課題 ―福島原発周辺地区の事例調査を通じた研究
The Present and Future of Small- and Medium-sized Companies: A Case Study in the Areas around the Fukushima-1 Plant
吉田 耕平
Kohei Yoshida
Graduate School of Humanities, Tokyo Metropolitan University
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企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


 When we think of recovering from a serious disaster, it is inevitable to promote re-opening local businesses and re-hiring the employees, otherwise neither the managers nor the workers would be able to start reconstructing their lives. In the case of a natural disaster, business and employment are even more important because they stimulate the recovery of economic, political, social, and cultural processes.
 However, this is not always the case, as in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Especially in the area around the Fukushima Nuclear Plant, where catastrophic damage to every aspect of human life continues, it is apparent that the reconstruction of enterprises and employment is not necessarily contributing to the recovery of the damaged area and its people.
 There are a couple of obvious reasons for this: the strict evacuation zones still prevent quite a few companies from operating in their original locations: moreover, uncertainty over the changing disaster zone boundaries discourages managers and employees from deciding where it is safe to work, or even to live.
 However, no matter what the economic situation is, new social forms and values are being formed: workers have somehow begun to resume their work and ideals despite the difficulties entailed by the evacuation and disappointing uncertainty. When we pay serious attention to small and medium-sized companies and their sometimes fragile workplaces, we get a better idea of their company morale as well as their mutual relationship outside the workplace. 
 Hence it is our goal in this project to determine which kind of industry is the model of new social forms and values, and which work arrangement gives us the best chance of safely and securely reconstructing communities affected by the ongoing disaster.

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