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Ban the Bomb! Redress the Damage!: The History of the Contentious Politics of Atomic Bomb Sufferers in Japan

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Authors
Naono, Akiko
Issue Date
2018-11
Publisher
The Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, Vol.6 No.2, pp. 223-246
Keywords
atomic bomb survivorpeace movementanti-nuclear movementCold War politicspostwar JapanJapan’s nuclear policy
Abstract
Contrary to its humanist image, Hidankyo, the Japan Confederation of Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Sufferers Organizations, has engaged in contentious politics against the state for decades. This article traces the little-known history of the Hidankyo movement from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s, introducing how this organization formed in relation to the movement to ban nuclear bombs in the mid-1950s and how it grew into an independent social movement organization with clear policy demands after overcoming an organizational crisis triggered by the Cold War politics of the 1960s. The movement slogan for Hidankyo, no more hibakusha, did not naturally emerge from the sufferers experience with the atomic bombings, but was substantiated through their struggles to confront their adversaries, most importantly the Japanese government.
ISSN
2288-2693 (print)
2288-2707 (online)
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/153901
DOI
https://doi.org/10.18588/201811.00a067
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