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Robo sapiens japanicusRobots, Gender, Family, and the Japanese Nation$
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Jennifer Robertson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283190

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283190.001.0001

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Innovation as Renovation

Innovation as Renovation

(p.33) 2 Innovation as Renovation
Robo sapiens japanicus

Jennifer Robertson

University of California Press

Innovation 25 was introduced in 2007 as Prime Minister Abe’s visionary and futuristic blueprint for robotizing Japan by 2025. This policy proposal was supported by subsequent administrations and then revamped following Abe’s reelection in 2012. The conservative sociopolitical aspects of the proposal are elaborated and the use of graphic propaganda to promote Abe’s nationalist policies is reviewed. Members of the Innovation 25 Strategy Council are identified, and opposition to Innovation 25 is summarized. Corporate mismanagement in the aftermath of the trifold disaster of March 11, 2011 (3/11), is critiqued. Contrary to pre-disaster expectations, robots proved incapable of navigating the tsunami-damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima. The Abe administration’s fostering of “robot dreams” among children and the general public is reviewed and characterized in terms of reactionary postmodernism.

Keywords:   robots, innovation, social reform, disaster management, 3/11, Fukushima, nuclear reactor, children

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