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Amorphous Dissent

Post-Fukushima Social Movements in Japan

Takashi Horie (editor) Hikaru Tanaka (editor)
Kiyoto Tanno (editor)
Tetsuro Kato (Contributions by)
Chigaya Kinoshita (Contributions by)
Atsushi Toriyama (Contributions by)

ISBN: 9781920901851

Publication Date: Jan 2021

Format: Paperback

Since the Fukushima nuclear accident, Japan has seen a significant revival in its social activism, with large-scale social movements appearing. This book characterizes these movements as ‘amorphous' based on the phenomenon in which movements are formed by diverse and disparate people and display disparate, disorganized and undefined elements.
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Since the Fukushima nuclear accident in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011, Japan has seen a significant revival in its social activism. Large-scale social movements sprang up in response to such issues as denuclearization, proposed new US military bases in Okinawa and the 2015 National Security Legislation, propelled by dissatisfaction with the national government's stance on these fronts.

In the context of the broader ‘amorphization' of Japanese society, this book characterizes these movements as ‘amorphous' based on the phenomenon in which movements are formed by diverse and disparate people and display disparate, disorganized and undefined elements in stark contrast to Japanese social movements of the past which were of a highly structured organizational type.

The authors have direct, first-hand experience of these social movements and paint vivid pictures of their diverse activities. Chapters focus on issues such as opposition to hate speech and US military bases in Okinawa, and examine in detail movements such as SEALDs, Hangenren and Amateur Revolt, perhaps the most amorphous social movement in Japan of this period.
Pages 228
Dimensions 216 x 140
Date Published 30 Jan 2021
Publisher Trans Pacific Press
Subject/s Sociology & anthropology   Political activism  
  • Tables
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  • Preface
  • Contributors
  • Introduction – Post-Fukushima Social Movements in Japan: An Overview
  • 1. Amorphous Dissent – a Conceptualization
  • 2. What Have Post-3.11 Social Movements Changed?
  • 3. Post-3.11 Social Movements and Politics
  • 4. Amateur Revolt: The Amorphous Social Movement Resisting the System
  • 5. Twenty Years of Confrontation: Against the Ossification of US Military Bases in Okinawa
  • 6. Opposing Hate Speech in Japan: Valuing Differences and Breaking New Ground for Human Rights
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Professor of Political Science in the Graduate School of Humanities, Tokyo Metropolitan University. He specializes in Japanese politics and welfare state. His publications include Gendai seiji to josei seisaku (Contemporary Japanese politics and gender policies), Keiso Shobo, 2005 and Japanese Politics Today: From Karaoke to Kabuki Democracy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 (co-author).

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