2013 研究助成 Research Grant Program  /  共同研究助成A1  
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福島発 世界へ ―世代を超え未来につなぐ被ばく体験のアーカイブ化とネットワーク構築 ―超学際、超地域、超世代で取り組む協働実践型研究を土台にして

From Fukushima to the World from Past to Future: An Interdisciplinary, Practice-Oriented Project to Build a Global Network of Hibakusha and Archive their Narratives
藍原 寛子
Hiroko Aihara
Japan Perspective News
Japan Perspective News, Inc.
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企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


 More than two years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accidents that occurred on March 11th, 2011. Today, there are more than 160,000 evacuees living in Fukushima who are confronted with various sociological difficulties, such as adapting to their new evacuated lives, decontamination issues of their hometowns, and managing their livelihood under insufficient compensation.
 Such difficulties being faced in Fukushima today are universal issues that transcend among "the Global Hibakusha", a term coined by researchers for people who have suffered from radiation exposure throughout our history. We must understand the seriousness of such issues, and through extensive study, find effective solutions to these issues.
 Fukushima is currently at a critical crossroad on its path to recovery from the tragic events of March 11th, 2011. As new Global Hibakushas, we must build human networks that go beyond conventional boundaries such as area, generations, languages, and expertise, and use such networks as a means to pass down sustained efforts towards Fukushima's recovery to younger generations.
 In this study, our team will establish an unique network consisting of those from contaminated areas in Fukushima and Miyagi Prefecture; Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the world's only atomic bombs were dropped, and the Marshall Islands, used as a testing site for atomic and hydrogen bombs in the 50's. 
 At each research site, a group of Japanese high school students, Japanese university students, and Japanese researchers will work fist together to record narrative histories of the Global Hibakusha using voice recording, video, photo, and documentation. 
 Secondly, we will analyze these narrative histories, and create both visual and written archives. The creation of such archives will help in clearly articulating the real situation of the Global Hibakushas and their history to a global audience. 
 Finally, the study will conclude by having specialists and activists of peace studies, environmental sociology, pedagogy, and journalism collaborate together to analyze and examine what types of support are necessary for the Global Hibakusha using these archives, and articulate their findings to a global audience.

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