Miki Mochizuki

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Informatics, Shizuoka University*Profile is at the time of the award.

2024Inamori Research GrantsHumanities & Sociology

Research topics
Current Status of Commuting Reconstruction and Livelihood Reconstruction after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident
As a result of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the Great East Japan Earthquake, evacuation zones have been set up for a long time in Fukushima Prefecture. On the other hand, some residents have tried to maintain their relationship with their hometowns even as the long-term and large-scale evacuation continues. In this study, we will examine the current situation of "reconstruction through visitation," in which people engage in the reconstruction of the region while travelling back and forth between their evacuation sites and their hometowns, and examine what kind of support and institutional measures will be needed when the evacuation becomes very long-term. In particular, we will conduct empirical research through fieldwork using "Obori Soma Pottery", a traditional industry in the Obori district of Namie town, Fukushima Prefecture, as a case study.


Even after the Great East Japan Earthquake, disasters continue to occur frequently in Japan. In recent years, the number of cases of "cross-border evacuation" across prefectures and cities has increased, and the issue of how to connect evacuees with their original local communities and the outflow of reconstruction leaders in the evacuated areas has become a challenge. The concept of "reconstruction through visitation" in my study will be a common viewpoint when considering not only the Fukushima nuclear accident, but also the reconstruction of other such disasters. We would like to make every effort to ensure that this research contributes to the recovery of the victims and the affected areas.

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