Lunchbox-toolbox: GKS1350021 and nuclear engineers

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This is a personal essay, written from the viewpoint of an ordinary citizen to nuclear engineers, on the necessity of communicating vital information about radioactive contamination to the public during times of normalcy as well as times of crisis. I have no expert knowledge of nuclear energy, nor was I involved in the PAGES 2011 Summer School from which this book emerges. I was invited by the chief editor to contribute a chapter about communication from my point of view as a literary scholar, ESL instructor, and American living in Japan (since 1987). In this chapter, I advocate the creation of a “library” of essential knowledge of nuclear energy in general, and radioactive contamination in particular, to serve the needs of a non-expert public. This “library” would be online, constantly updated, robust, truthful, transparent, comprehensible to lay readers, and politically neutral. My appeal to nuclear engineers to undertake such a task is presented through six topics which allow me to address the social needs and concrete skills involved in knowing what, how, and why to communicate: (1) transparency and comprehensibility, (2) the Ex-SKF blog/ger, (3) meeting Joonhong Ahn, (4) teaching “Fukushima” in my literature course, (5) the concept and practice of a “scientist citizen” (referring to Cecile Pineda’s Devil’s Tango as one model), and (6) the reciprocal entity “citizen scientist.”

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReflections on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident
Subtitle of host publicationToward Social-Scientific Literacy and Engineering Resilience
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319120904
ISBN (Print)9783319120898
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Citizen scientist
  • Communication between nuclear experts and laypersons
  • Ex-SKF
  • Joonhong Ahn
  • Lunchbox-toolbox
  • Online nuclear science library
  • Scientist citizen

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