Invited Panel: Aug Nishizaka

Wednesday, July 12 – 9:00am

Six Years After the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Ethnomethodological and Conversation Analytic Approaches

Facilitator: Aug Nishizaka


Tomone Komiya – Tohoku Gakuin University

Aug Nishizaka – Chiba University

Invisible and visible dangers: Locally achieved conceptual connections

This study analyzes video recordings of interviews with residents who returned to their hometown after being evacuated following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. It explores conceptual connections that the residents use when addressing the “paradox” of safety and when the recurring claim, “Young people have not returned,” is locally organized.


Masato Komuro –  Chiba University

The concept of “involvement” used by a reconstruction support group without further justification

This presentation discusses the concept of “involvement” at the meetings of a reconstruction support group; the meetings are organized by a city affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. It shows that members of the group understand the concept of “involvement” as “good” without any further justification.


Natsuho Iwata – National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Satomi Kuroshima – Tamagawa University

Masafumi Sunaga – St. Paul University

Practices for informing and receiving internal exposure test results: Normalization of inferable results

This paper elucidates the practices doctors and examinees employ during medical consultation for the discussion of internal exposure test results following the nuclear power plant accident. It demonstrates how doctors prepare to inform examinees of their results and offer interpretations, as well as how examinees respond using their individual judgment.