The Japanese Anti-Nuclear Movement – Mobilization Processes After Fukushima

14.05.2014, Vortrag, DJI Tokyo

The nuclear accident in Fukushima in March 2011 triggered a new wave of social movement activism in Japan. The protests every Friday evening in front of the Prime Minister‘s residence (kantei) can be counted as one of the most visible activities of this movement. The movement, however, cannot be reduced to street demonstrations. Less visible collective actions take place frequently, in the form of conferences, lectures, study groups, or parliamentarian briefings on energy and radiation related issues.

Literature on social movements (i.e. Gerhards/Rucht 1992) indicates that the meso-organizational level plays a decisive role in creating a common frame of meaning and in processes of coordinating such collective action. This presentation examines networks of old and new social movement organizations since 3.11. Based on extensive field work with mainly Tokyo-based groups, I apply qualitative network analysis to grasp the emergence and the dynamics of such networks as well as their relation to the actors’ strategic choices.

Lecture by Anna Wiemann (Hamburg University and DIJ). The presentation will be given in English. The DIJ Social Science Study Group is a forum for young scholars and Ph.D. candidates in the field of Social Sciences organized by P. Holdgrün and C. Hommerich.
All are welcome to attend, but registration is appreciated.
Phoebe Stella Holdgrün: holdgruen(at)