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Various Artists Atomic Bomb Compilation Vol. 4 via PitchFork

A juke-filled, global set of songs compiled in Japan reflects the fear and uncertainty of the atomic age, recontextualizing the joy of footwork into ominous, often unsettling compositions. […] Anger over Fukushima even drew out a group that isn’t always eager to … Continue reading

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Ryuichi Sakamoto offers his thoughts on politics, Japan and how his music will change ‘post-cancer’ via Japan Times

“The Professor” is back in town. Last weekend, Ryuichi Sakamoto took the stage at Tokyo Opera City for the debut concert of the Tohoku Youth Orchestra, a 105-strong ensemble of young musicians from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, which counts … Continue reading

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[UPDATED] Composer Sakamoto has cancer, cancels engagements via Japan Times

Globally acclaimed composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto said Thursday he is suffering from cancer and is canceling all professional commitments to focus on treatment. In a written statement, the New York-based Sakamoto, 62, said he had noticed an unusual feeling … Continue reading

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Japan’s Anti-Nuclear Activists Losing Ground Since Fukushima Disaster via The Daily Beast

Fukushima who? Only two years after the devastating nuclear meltdown, Japan is set to reopen idled reactors. Lennox Samuels on why nobody seems to mind. […] It’s not as if anyone has shrugged off “3/11.” The 2013 anniversary was marked … Continue reading

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Oe, Sakamoto lead charge for no-reactor bill via The Japan Times

A group led by Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe, Academy Award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and other noted celebrities has launched a nationwide network seeking passage of a bill to abolish all nuclear power plants in Japan. […] Other members of … Continue reading

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Contaminated Japanese cars rejected by Russian custom office via Fukushima Diary

On 7/27/2012, Ria Novosti reported radioactive contaminated cars from Japan were seized by Russian custom at Korsakov port in the south part of Sakhalin. High level of radiation was measured from the body of a micro bus, cabin of a … Continue reading

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Beach reopens near Fukushima, epicenter of Japan’s post-tsunami nuclear crisis via CBS News

(CBS/AP) TOKYO – Fukushima prefecture (state) has opened its first beach to swimmers since last year’s nuclear disaster after judging the water to be safe. About 1,000 people on Monday descended on Nakoso beach, about 40 miles south of the … Continue reading

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Tokyo Rally Is Biggest Yet to Oppose Nuclear Plan via The New York Times

TOKYO — In Japan’s largest antinuclear rally since the disaster at Fukushima, tens of thousands of protesters gathered at a park in central Tokyo on Monday to urge the government to halt its restarting of the nation’s reactors. Organizers said … Continue reading

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Tokyo Anti-Nuclear Rally Attracts Thousands in Growing Protests via Broomberg

Tens of thousands of people packed Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park today for Japan’s biggest anti-nuclear rally since the Fukushima disaster last year in growing protests against government moves to restart atomic reactors. Speakers at the demonstration, which broke up at 1:30 … Continue reading

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Sakamoto gently rallies the troops for No Nukes 2012 via The Japan Times

The demonstrations against the restarting of the Oi nuclear power plant held recently on Friday nights outside Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s residence are very much directed at the occupant of that abode, but they are attracting attention around the world, … Continue reading

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