Franke Forum: Norma Field on “From Stagg Field to Fukushima: A History of Nuclear Power”

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February 8, 2012
March 7, 2012

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Norma Field, professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago, discusses the history of nuclear power and the state of nuclear power and weapons today in the scope of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. She presents a variety of reactions the Japanese have had to the disaster and methods with which they have dealt with the aftermath.

The Fukushima disaster occurred on March 11, 2011 as a result of the Tōhoku earthquake. Reactor meltdowns continued for days after, and residents within 20 km of the power plant were evacuated. Several workers at the plant were killed, while up to 1000 people are thought to be severely endangered by exposure to radiation. The region was declared stable on December 16, 2011, but decontamination efforts are expected to continue for years to come.