Unlike Germany, which has vowed to shut down all its nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the Japanese administration is still much dependent on “nuclear energy” even today. Thus, the aim of this study is to compare and examine how the issue of “nuclear energy” is treated by writers in these two countries that have shown such staunchly different approaches.
This study has focused on discussions and discourses regarding “nuclear energy” found in post-World War II literatures in Japan and Germany. In particular, differences were drawn and further analysed from discourses between prominent German and Japanese writers such as Günter Grass, Shohei Ooka, Kenzaburo Oe, Makoto Oda, and Hiroshi Noma. By doing so, the study hopes to find a possible solution to this global crisis within the realm of literature.
The result indicated that, when compared with their German counterparts, Japanese writers were more introversive and prudent in nature, possibly weighted down by a deep sense of victimisation and a strong accountability toward the war, which then prevented them from sufficiently taking into consideration the cross-boundary and bipartisan nature that characterises the nuclear issue.
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