In the light of the ongoing catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and its byproduct – radioactive contamination – in Japan, it is notable that those who are engaged in care work, or reproductive labor, have begun to organize and stand up, demanding the right to live happily as human beings. The nuclear disaster brought significant changes in reproductive labor, from watching out for radioactive levels in neighborhoods to feeding safe food to those who are more susceptible to radiation – children and youth. While the disaster in Fukushima is considered largely a Japanese problem, nuclear energy production is a global program operated by state-capital relations.
In attempt to maintain business as usual even in the wake of massive disaster, Japan’s government, in corporation with the nuclear industry, has launched a widespread campaign that downplays the negative effects of ionizing radiation.
Based on personal narratives and social organizing taking place in Japan, one of the Florence Johnston members has recently created a handbook for the purpose of sharing basic information on radiation, which is often an undercurrent, and even explicitly so in the United States, the birth place of nuclear energy and still the host to more than 100 commercial nuclear reactors.
For more info and directions for printing out: Zine: A Guide to Radiation