NU Ideas Volume 1, Number 1


Nagoya University Multidisciplinary Journal

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“You Are Contagious”:
When Talk of Radiation Fears Overwrites the Truth

Akiyo Cantrell
University of California, Santa Barbara

Chad Nilep
Nagoya University

Japanese media coverage since March 11th 2011 suggests that people from Fukushima Prefecture have faced discrimination based on people's fears of radiation, despite the fact that they pose no genuine threat. This discrimination is compared to that faced by survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Survivors from Hiroshima express hopes that people from Tohoku will not face the same fear and discrimination they did.


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