Public lecture video by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on July 6, 2016. Speaker was Noriko Manabe, Associate Professor of Music Studies at Temple University (Philadelphia, USA).
Nuclear power has been a contentious issue in Japan since the 1950s, and in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, the conflict has only grown. Government agencies and the nuclear industry continue to push a nuclear agenda, while the mainstream media adheres to the official line that nuclear power is Japan’s future. Public debate about nuclear energy is strongly discouraged. Nevertheless, antinuclear activism has swelled into one of the most popular and passionate movements in Japan, leading to a powerful wave of protest music.