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March 10, 2018 • Saturday at 6:30PM
Maryhouse at 55 East 3rd St. between 1st and 2nd Avenue, New York City

A public symposium on the historical background and the human and social impacts of
the March 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.
The symposium will explore research findings by a Fukushima-based independent journalist,
Hiroko Aihara, and a social scientist at Stanford University, Kyoko Sato, Ph.D, followed by Q&A sessions.

Aihara picHiroko Aihara, a native of Fukushima, investigative reporter, a freelance medical journalist, and a resident of Fukushima will speak on what is happening in her community. She will bring with her short video interviews of the Fukushima evacuees, and what they would like for us to know about their current situation. Hiroko was a visiting research fellow at the Miller School of Medicine at Miami University, the University of the Philippines and the Atendo de Manila University in the Philippines. She has written for major news outlets in Japan and now publishes through her own company, Japan Perspective News.

Sato picKyoko Sato, Ph.D is the Associate Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University. Her research explores how cultural meanings, politics, and institutional frameworks intersect in the development of sociotechnical systems. She is currently conducting a multi-year study on nuclear governance in Japan and the United States, specifically examining how it evolved in postwar years and what impact the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has had on it in both countries. Her previous work examined the politics of genetically modified food in France, Japan, and the United States. Her fields of teaching include the politics and culture of food, environmental politics, nuclear history, globalization, social theory, and methods of social sciences. Dr. Sato received her PhD in sociology from Princeton University, MA in journalism from New York University, and BA in English from the University of Tokyo. She was a postdoctoral associate at the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell University and taught as a lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies and in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. Born and raised in Tokyo, she worked as a reporter for The Japan Times, an English-language daily in Tokyo, before entering the academia.

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