Project Summary
This book project gauges the potential of building a global green economy in the post Fukushima era through the examination of current cases of Japanese green energy production. Energy has become a significant global issue, particularly following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that caused radiation to leak from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011. This disaster singlehandedly destabilized energy policymaking and production practices. This research reveals an opportunity for a new energy production infrastructure, built from the bottom up, signaling a shift from the traditional centralized, top down policymaking toward more decentralized, participatory, self reliant forms of regulation. Desired now are new paths to renewable and sustainable energy, greater local control over green energy production, and more meaningful public participation in the decision-making process to create a greener global economy.

Today, an awakened global consciousness is heralding the active shift toward the use of green energy worldwide, away from conventional energy practices. Green energy innovation has become mainstream, and this research will consider the long-term global effects of these new values, practices, relationships, and institutions as they relate to the construction of a global green economy and increased alternative energy consumption. This research explores how grassroots’ actions by civil society are at the forefront of the pro-green global trend. It addresses contemporary energy issues by promoting innovation in theory and methodology, and engaging in interdisciplinary dialogue with the social scientists who address energy and the environment. Furthermore, it documents new case studies from Japan that illustrate how the theoretical domains of environmental anthropology can be explored through insights derived from ethnographic traditions, methods, and perspectives.

Project Location: Japan

For more information, please contact Akihiro Ogawa