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Fukushima 50 : les temporalités de la catastrophe

Abstract : Fukushima 50, a movie directed by Setsurô Wakamatsu in 2020, reconstructs the management of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, which occurred after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. The representation of the extreme situation invites us to question the temporalities of the nuclear disaster. The cinematic fiction chronicles the incredible struggle of workers to regain control over the installations. After the nuclear plant is flooded and power resources are lost, the protagonists imagine the « worst case scenario »: the reactors cores meltdown and the destruction of all eastern Japan. This catastrophic projection, which refers to the concept of « time of the project », leads the characters to act to prevent the prophecy of doom from coming true. The movie also conveys the idea that in Japan the catastrophe opens with a possibility of rebirth inscribed in a cyclical conception of time. The images of cherry blossoms – symbols of renewal – and revitalization of the Fukushima region thus signify that the disaster, in the Japanese imaginary, carries a hope of regeneration that it is up to individuals to realize.
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Aurélien Portelli, Franck Guarnieri. Fukushima 50 : les temporalités de la catastrophe. Revue d'histoire culturelle. XVIIIe-XXIe siècles, Association pour le développement de l'histoire culturelle (France) ; Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris Nord, 2021. ⟨hal-03450833⟩



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