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Thompson is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Director of Japan Study Abroad: Chubu Program, Hokuriku Program, IPU Program.
Abstract: Using new theoretical perspectives from tourism anthropology, Thompson argues that unlike the stereotypical Dark Tourism associated with many post-disaster sites worldwide, Bōsai Tourism in Tarō builds around local place-based practices and traditional community knowledge. This not only provides a positive, satisfying and hopeful experience for visitors, but gives local residents tangible social, economic, and political goals to strive for as they embrace the future with pride designed to transform local tragedy into a local triumph.
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