“This movement aims to stop nuclear power plants, but also problematizes Japanese society and Japanese capitalism. In the past, in terms of problematizing capitalism, we tended to think that someone would change it for us. But now, we think that we must change rather our way of living. So far we have used power freely, and taken it for granted. Probably we should use less power than we have done, or seek another way of living. We should no longer pursue effectiveness or wealthiness, but, pacing ourselves, seek an alternative way of living. We have just started thinking about those things. This is what this anti-nuclear power plant movement is all about.”

Completed Ph.D., Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Yoshitaka Mouri specializes in Sociology and Cultural Studies. He wrote and gave numerous lectures on the articulation of contemporary art and urban space, cross-cultural studies and social movements. Mouri’s main publications are “Culture=Politics: Cultural and Political Movement in the Age of Globalization”, “Popular Music and Capitalism”, and “Philosophy in the Streets”. In his recent article in J-Fissures, “The Beginning of New Street Politics”, he considers the current protests in Tokyo a historical moment in Japanese history.

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