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Content warning: 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, survivor’s guilt, PTSD, natural disasters, mentions of suicidal ideation, drowning, heights.

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In this gender reader: women overlooked in recovery hiring, gendered violence in Fukushima, Koyuki Higashi’s big damn wedding, Flootchism, empowerment in Sailor Moon, and more.

Image credit: Haruko Kudo. Via Higashi Koyuki's blog.

Image credit: Haruko Kudo. Via Higashi Koyuki’s blog.

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I am exhausted. For the last three days, my work program’s HQ in Tokyo has been working tirelessly to disseminate information about charities, radiation, and preparedness, and I have been trying, in my own small way, to help get accurate information out on our prefectural blog and twitter.

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When the earthquake hit, I was sitting at my desk at work. I have not been sleeping well lately, and I started to feel dizzy. At first I thought I had the exhaustion-and-caffeine jitters like I had last spring. My desk felt like it was moving–but I hadn’t filled my coffee cup that afternoon.

I looked up. Everyone in my office was looking around. 「揺れとる?」 (Are we swaying?) one of my colleagues asked. (more…)

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