Radium Discourse and the Emergence of an "Atomic Utopia" in Japan

Monday, May 1, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Nolte Center 20

Session Description

Japan Radium

Even after the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, popular discourse on nuclear energy was positive. Why did this positive image of the nuclear reign despite the catastrophic experiences of 1945?  This talk explores this paradox with a new perspective that challenges the conventional victim narrative of Japan to show how scientists, media, and the public were all involved in the production of the “atomic utopia.”

Dr. Maika Nakao is a visiting scholar at Columbia University and senior researcher at Ritsumeikan University