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There are strong connections between memories of war and memories of disaster. I have discussed these in ‘Japanese war memories and commemoration after the Great East Japan Earthquake’ (not open access).
The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus has published dozens of articles about 3/11 over the years since the Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami. Articles that particularly touch on war themes include:
Masuda Yoshinobu, “From “Black Rain” to “Fukushima”: The Urgency of Internal Exposure Studies”.
Takahashi Tetsuya, “What March 11 Means to Me: Nuclear Power and the Sacrificial System”.
And with a tourism angle too … Vivian Blaxell, “Sorrow, History and Catastrophe in Japan After the 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown: A Personal Encounter”.
In the aftermath of the disaster, workers undertook almost suicidal missions to help prevent an even greater nuclear disaster. Their exploits drew many comparisons with the self-sacrifice of the kamikaze (see David McNeill, “A young man sacrificing his future to shut down Fukushima”) and were made into a major film.
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