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Global Food Terror in Japan: Media Shaping Risk Perception, the Nation, and Women

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Abstract:

This article traces the Japanese media's response to Chinese poison pot-stickers (gyoza) in Japan's food system as they debate and guide consumer-citizens' feelings of increasing vulnerability as individuals in the global market, the nation, and families. Global food becomes a key metaphor for threats to national borders and the need for national food, yet simultaneously for inevitable risk to globally attuned stomachs that can be controlled only by alert housewives and education of the young. Food terror effectively signals citizens' lack of protection in risk society, but leaves unsaid important differences among consumer-citizens to save themselves with scarce Japanese-made food.

Keywords: Japan; Japan-China relations; food; nationalism; risk; women

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03670240903001100

Affiliations: Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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