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The Atomic Age is an ongoing project that aims to cultivate critical and reflective intervention regarding nuclear power and weapons. This site was launched in preparation for the symposium, The Atomic Age: From Hiroshima to the Present, held at University of Chicago on May 21, 2011. Our goal? To promote reflection on nuclear weapons and nuclear energy together, given that their separation has been axiomatic and defining for the postwar world. As we approached the symposium, catastrophe struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on March 11. That crisis convinced us of the urgency of acknowledging that nuclear power plants use the same deadly technology as nuclear weapons. The crisis in Fukushima continues. Monitoring this situation, we update this site with reports on nuclear energy and its twin, the nuclear arsenal. We emphasize Japan and the U.S. but aspire for a global perspective, extending to social, political, cultural, technological, and medical domains. Updates are sent via RSS, Twitter, and our Facebook Page.



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  1. Jun Mizukawa says

    Just thought I’d bring the following link to your attention. It’s a site managed by Japan Atomic Energy Relations Organization. The foundation is responsible for promoting ‘safe use’ of nuclear power in Japan. But if you pay close attention to the rhetoric in the videos and texts regarding the Chernobyl disaster, the contradictions and careful phrasing of the ‘effects’ are bewildering.

  2. norma field says

    Thank you very much for this link.

    Just from the sections on health effects, it’s very clear that this site promotes the minimalist version of Chernobyl’s impact on health in line with the position of the IAEA and the WHO (which apparently has to secure IAEA approval for its radiation-related health reports).

    To promote “safe use” requires some recognition of danger, such as in the case of Chernobyl. But even Chernobyl, this site seems to say, was not so bad.

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