The East Asia Library is pleased to announce the installation of a new exhibit in its entrance hall display cases entitled "In/Visible: Nuclear Representation in Japan from Hiroshima to Fukushima." The exhibit was curated by Dr. Kyoko Sato, Associate Director of Stanford's Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), with the help of Joshua Capitanio, Public Services Librarian, and Regan Murphy Kao, Japanese Studies Librarian.
Using a wide range of materials from the East Asia Library and other Stanford Libraries collections, including comic books, photography, children's books, newspapers, and movie posters, it traces the different ways that "the nuclear" - nuclear bombs, nuclear power, and nuclear disasters - has been represented in Japanese media and popular culture from the 1945 atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the 3-11 Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant nuclear disaster of 2011 and beyond. Topics covered range from the Japanese media's portrayal and marginalization of the hibakusha - survivors of the 1945 bombings, many of whom suffered serious health issues - to the rise of nuclear power plants in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s, to the Fukushima disaster and the contentious debate about the safety of nuclear power in its aftermath.
Free and open to the public