Rethinking 3.11's Mediascape through Japan Sinks 2020

Authors

  • Yaochong Yang Trent University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21900/j.jams.v2.842

Keywords:

disaster, japan sinks, netflix, science saru, 3.11, disaster fiction

Abstract

This paper examines Science SARU's Netflix show, Japan Sinks 2020, notably its departure from the general apocalyptic ideology of previous primary Japan Sinks texts. By reframing it through the disaster lens of 3.11, Japan Sinks 2020 sheds light on significant inequalities between global and regional images. As the first internationally aired Japan Sinks media, Japan Sinks 2020 leverages contemporary streaming practices to propose ongoing counter-narratives of the Japanese state, its actors, and the urban-rural divides which have preceded – and continue – in the face of 3.11. Drawing upon Komatsu's last words on the international status of the 3.11 disaster, Japan Sinks 2020 is a post-3.11 text addressing aspects of Japanese disaster fiction mainly ignored by previous Japan Sinks texts and simultaneously reignites less-discussed challenges associated with the 3.11 mediascape.

References

Aoi, Akihito. “Mienai houkai to ha - watashitachi no chikudukuri no kihonteki na kaehou.” Medium. Last accessed February 20, 2021. https://medium.com/見えない災害-の風景/02-見えない災害とは-2264e48233e3.

Appadurai, Arjun. “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy.” Public Culture 2, no.2 (1990): 1-24.

Fisher, Mark. Ghosts of my life: Writings on depression, hauntology and lost futures. Winchester: Zero Books, 2014.

Freytas-Tamura, Kimiko, de. "Radioactive Boars in Fukushima Thwart Residents' Plans to Return Home." The New York Times. Last modified March 9, 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/world/asia/radioactive-boars-in-fukushima-thwart-residents-plans-to-return-home.html.

Furuya, Usamaru. “Kanojo wo mamoru 51 no houhou 3.” Tokyo: Shinchosha, 2007.

“Gender-based Violence Following the 2011 Great East Japan Disasters: Making the Invisible Visible through Research,” Michigan Social Work, last modified August 4, 2017, https://ssw.umich.edu/stories/53271-gender-based-violence-following-the-2011-great-east-japan-disasters-making-the-invisible-visible-through-research.

Gilhooly, Rob. “Subtle aid for women facing abuse in disaster-hit areas.” The Japan Times. Last modified October 1, 2011. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2011/10/01/general/subtle-aid-for-women-faRcing-abuse-in-disaster-hit-areas/.

Homenick, Brett. “Sakyo Komatsu on Science Fiction! Japan’s Arthur C. Clarke Discusses His Filmmaking Foray!” Vantage Point Interviews. Last accessed February 6, 2021. https://vantagepointinterviews.com/2017/04/27/sakyo-komatsu-on-science-fiction-japans-arthur-c-clarke-discusses-his-filmmaking-foray/

Igarashi, Yoshikuni. Bodies of Memory: Narratives of War in Postwar Japanese Culture, 1945-1970. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Jameson, Frederic. The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Social Symbolic Act. New York: Cornell University Press, 1981.

Kazuko, Ide. “Japan Sinking? Sequel to 1970s Novel finds Japan Sunk and the Japanese Scattered.” The Asia-Pacific Journal 4, no. 4 (2006). https://apjjf.org/-Ide-Kazuko/2228/article.html.

“‘Kodoku wa seifude wa kaisho dekinai’ NPO riji-cho ga kataru shien no arikata.” AERA. Last accessed February 18, 2021. https://dot.asahi.com/aera/2018083000061.html?page=1.

Komatsu Sakyo. Japan Sinks. Translated by Michael Gallagher. New York: Dover Doomsday Classics, 2016.

Langer, Jessica. “Three versions of Komatsu Sayko’s Nihon Chinbotsu (Japan Sinks).” Science Fiction Film and Television 2, no. 1 (2009): 45-57. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/269119/pdf

McLaughlin, Levi. “Hard Lessons Learned: Tracking Changes in Media Presentations of Religion and Religious Aid Mobilization after the 1995 and 2011 Disasters in Japan.” Asian Ethnology 75, No. 1 (2016): 105-137.

McLaughlin, Levi. “What Have Religious Groups Done After 3.11? Part 1: A Brief Survey of Religious Mobilization after the Great East Japan Earthquake Disasters.” Religion Compass 7, no.8 (2013): 294-308.

McLaughlin, Levi. “What Have Religious Groups Done After 3.11? Part 2: From Religious Mobilization to ‘Spiritual Care’.” Religion Compass 7, no.8 (2013): 309-325.

Mihic, Tamaki. Re-imagining Japan after Fukushima. Canberra: ANU Press, 2020.

Napier, Susan. “Panic Sites: The Japanese Imagination of Disaster from Godzilla to Akira.” Journal of Japanese Studies 19, no. 2 (1993): 327-351. https://doi.org/10.2307/132643

“Nihon chinbotsu 2020” kazoku no shiten kara kaku riaru na genjitsu.” Nikkei Entame. Last accessed February 6, 2021. https://style.nikkei.com/article/DGXMZO62515040R10C20A8000000/.

Nishimura, Yuko. “A Tohoku Utopia? Alternative Paths After March 11, 2011.” Global Ethnographic. Last accessed February 9, 2021. https://globalethnographic.com/index.php/a-tohoku-utopia-alternative-paths-after-march-11-2011-2/.

Nobutaka, Inoue. “Media and New Religious Movements in Japan.” Journal of Religion in Japan 1, no. 2 (January 2012): 121-141. https://doi.org/10.1163/221183412X645308

“Outline of Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Management.” Secretariat of the Team for Countermeasures for Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Treatment. Last accessed February 9, 2021. https://www.meti.go.jp/english/earthquake/nuclear/decommissioning/pdf/mp202012.pdf

Perry, Richard Lloyd. Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone. New York: Ferrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2017.

“Prefectures with the highest level of income according to Japanese residents as of November 2019.” Statista. Last accessed February 15, 2021. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1087537/japan-prefectures-high-income-level/.

Ryall, Julian. “Ageing Japanese towns overrun by wild boars.” The Telegraph. Last modified March 10, 2018. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/10/ageing-japanese-towns-overrun-wild-boars/.

Shilling, Mark. “The Sinking of Japan.” The Asia-Pacific Journal 4, no. 8 (August 2006). https://apjjf.org/-Mark-Schilling/2188/article.html

Steinberg, Marc. Anime’s Media Mix. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

Suter, Rebecca. “Disaster and National Identity: The Textual Transformations of Japan Sinks.” In When the Tsunami Came to Shore, edited by Roy Starrs, 214-229. Brill, 2015.

Takahiko Yasuda, Yusuke Takayama, and Katsuhiro Soma. “Activities of Japanese police in the Great East Japan Earthquake.” Journal of International Criminal Justice Research 1 (2014), 1-19. https://www.aabri.com/manuscripts/131480.pdf.

Tsunehiro Uno. Zero nendai no sozoryoku. Tokyo: Hayakawa Shobou, 2008.

Yoshitaka, Toshio. Nihon Chinbotsu 2020. Bungeishunju, 2020.

Downloads

Published

2021-11-29