Rethinking 3.11's Mediascape through Japan Sinks 2020


  • Yaochong Yang Trent University



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


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.


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