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Chapter 4 gives a profile of CRMOs in Japan, describing their origin, structure, membership, and testing achievements. The chapter’s emphasis is on CRMOs’ political potential, however, and it asks whether CRMOs constituted activities of neoliberal citizens, or were part of an emergent food politics contra policing. The answer to the question of who can be a citizen in citizen science in contemporary Japan seems to be “not many people.” In addition to neoliberal and postfeminist constraints on the idea of proper citizenship, post-Fukushima Japan saw a surge in radical leftist groups that made CRMOs highly wary of potential hijacking and...

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