The Untold Story of Japan’s First People

Portrait of two Ainu men from Sakhalin, photo by Bronislaw Pilsudski / National Museum of Natural History, National Anthropological Archives, Wikimedia Commons In the 20th century, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to hide the existence of the Indigenous.  Then the Ainu fought back like their cousins, the bears. By Jude Isabella / 10.25.2017 Editor-in-Chief, Hakai Magazine Itek[…]

The Nuclear National Family: Japan, Fukushima, and Societal Fissures

The Fukushima disaster exposed fissures in Japanese society that its familial politics tries to paper over.    By Mari Matsumoto (left) and Sabu Kohso (right) / 09.15.2017 In the history of nuclear disaster, Fukushima stands out in its singularity. There, two kinds of disasters were intermixed: the earthquake/tsunami, and the nuclear explosion. On March 11,[…]