Aug 31, 2023
The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 was literally a picture of hell. Fires killed hundreds of thousands of people and sparked a witch hunt of Korean residents wrongfully blamed for the infernos. Alex K.T. Martin joins us to discuss the quake and how the scars left by the disaster shaped the course of the nation.
On this episode:
- The Great Kanto Earthquake: A wall of fire, a picture of hell (Alex K.T. Martin, The Japan Times)
- Century since Kanto quake, expert warns of ‘blind faith’ in disaster resilience (Kathleen Benoza, The Japan Times)
- A documentary on the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 has unearthed Japan’s first ‘disaster footage’ (Kyodo)
- A diaspora remembers the disaster that forged it (Chitose Nakagawa, Kyodo)