About Tessa Morris-Suzuki

Tessa Morris-Suzuki is Professor of Japanese History, at the Australian National University. This article is based on her presentation, ‘Rethinking the political in an age of disasters—a perspective from Japan’, to the ‘Survival politics in East Asia: socio-environmental crises and grassroots responses’ conference at the ANU on 6 March 2015.


Rethinking the political in an age of disasters


In disaster-prone Japan, ‘living politics’ has responded when government has failed. TESSA MORRIS-SUZUKI explains. Politics is usually equated with the formal mechanisms of government: national constitutions, parliaments, cabinets, prime ministers or presidents, elections, party platforms. We also think of it as including local institutions like city councils, and international bodies like the United Nations. We […]