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Disaster and Safety on ‘Hwandonghae (The East Sea Rim) Area’

Song, Whanbhum 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

‘The studies of Hwandonghae’ as regional studies is a still vague field as a newly studied area but recognized as the challenging study area. However, ‘The studies of Hwandonghae’ aware of the point that it is a must to have an innate territory in further as not making it as an imitator of ‘The studies of Japan Sea’ or an equipollence study. The previous presenter emphasized the necessary views on ‘History of international relations’ and ‘Oceanic history’ as a methodology for studying ‘Hwandonghae culture’. In addition, the traditional studies of ‘Doraein, naturalized citizen’ is not enough to understand numerous people of pre-modern times whom have travel back and forth the ‘Hwandonghae’ so described that another view may help to expand the study. Lastly, even the same sea is named differently as East Sea and Japan Sea according to the debater, the study of ‘Sea area history’ from Japan may be helpful to understand the sea in integrated and opened point of view as not in meaning of divided and closed sea. There is an accident to look into above this recognition. That is ‘The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake(hereinafter called as 3.11)’ which gave destructive damage to coasts of 3 prefectures; Fukushima(福島), Miyagi(宮城) and Iwate(岩手) according to the huge earthquake occurred from the far northeast Pacific Ocean of Japan in March 11, 2011. ‘3.11’ is not just a tsunami attack followed by simple earthquake but an unheard-of ‘complex consecutive calamity’ in a point, which lead to massive radioactive substances leakage by the explosion of Fukushima nuclear power plant(hereinafter called as FNPP in short) occurred with the natural disaster; earthquake and tsunami, and the man-made disaster added together. Eventually, this ‘3.11’ is not just a matter of Japan but a global scaled accident of human history, which is beyond Hwandonghae and East Asia. From now on, ‘The studies of Hwandonghae’ must attempt to expand the issue up to ‘The studies of Hwandonghae through 3.11’ by facing this reality. This is because the issue of close-set FNPP among Korea and Japan on ‘Hwandonghae’ is more than a matter of a country, which strongly brings up the necessity to response and resolve by bloc. Come to that, now, ‘The studies of Hwandonghae’ is entering the new level that considers ‘Disaster and Safety’ as the key words.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.