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Visualizing Nuclear Power in Japan, A Trip to the Reactor, by Morris Low

This book explores how Japanese views of nuclear power were influenced not only by Hiroshima and Nagasaki but by government, business and media efforts to actively promote how it was a safe and integral part of Japan’s future. The idea of “atoms for peace” and the importance of US-Japan relations were emphasized in exhibitions and in films. Despite the emergence of an anti-nuclear movement, the dream of civilian nuclear power and the “good atom” nevertheless prevailed and became more accepted. By the late 1950s, a school trip to see a reactor was becoming a reality for young Japanese, and major events such as the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and 1970 Osaka Expo seemed to reinforce the narrative that the Japanese people were destined for a future led by science and technology that was powered by the atom, a dream that was left in disarray after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.--, Provided by publisher
Table of contents
1. Introduction: Visualizing Nuclear Power in Japan -- 2. Before and After Hiroshima -- 3. Picturing Hiroshima -- 4. The Beginnings of Atoms for Peace in Japan -- 5. Nuclear Testing in the Pacific: The Lucky Dragon Incident and the Family of Man -- 6. Living in Fear: Nuclear Films -- 7. Making Atomic Dreams Real: 1956-1958 -- 8. Seeing Reactors at Tōkai-mura, Trade Fairs, Department Stores and in Films: 1957-1971 -- 9. Shaping the National Narrative: From Hiroshima to Fukushima and Beyond -- 10. Conclusion
Literary form
non fiction
1st ed. 2020.
Physical description
1 online resource (XIII, 260 pages)
Specific material designation
Form of item

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