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This index presents a list of terms and concepts relevant to the study of culture and natural disaster in Japan. The spread of scientific-industrial civilization and consumer capitalism around the globe has created an immense 'global middle class' but it has also damaged our planet's natural environment to such an extent that 'natural disasters', if not actually directly caused by human activity (as in global warming), are certainly made even more disastrous by those activities. The mega-disaster in northeastern Japan on 11 March 2011, is a prime example of this, with an (avoidable) nuclear accident following quickly in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami.

Keywords: culture; earthquake; Hiroshima; Japan; Nagasaki; tsunami



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