(Subscription Only) Title: In praise of ‘extreme’ and ‘outrageous’ opinions
Source: ASAHI SHIMBUN
Author: Genichiro Takahashi
Date: November 07, 2012
Philosopher and writer Hiroki Azuma made a seemingly flippant and irreverent comment in the Sept. 4 online issue of the weekly Shukan Playboy magazine by suggesting that the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant be turned into a tourist attraction: a theme park, no less.
He must have shocked and outraged many readers.
Yet, I felt that Azuma made an excellent point and must have given his proposal a great deal of thought.
He envisioned iPhone-toting tourists being treated to a realistic re-enactment of the explosions that occurred at the nuclear power plant in March last year. Dense smoke roils and billows, and the ground on which the visitors stand rumbles and shakes. A geiger counter beeps incessantly as radiation levels keep rising, and young people cry out in alarm.
Azuma was surely aware that his proposal would upset a lot of people. But he went ahead and voiced it anyway–because he understood all too well that the last thing Japan needs is to forget the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear crisis it spawned. [...]
Published: November 7th, 2012 at 6:11 am ET