Fukushima after the 3.11 Disaster: Lessons Learned

Authors: Unryu Suganuma*, J. F. Oberlin University
Topics: Asia, Environmental Perception, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters
Keywords: Fukushima, Nuclear Power plan, Japan
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Cleveland 1, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Because of its experience with the A-Bomb during World War II, the Japanese people have strong feelings against nuclear power. August 6, the anniversary of Hiroshima, is an important marker of the symbolic anti-nuclear movement. Because of this strong anti-nuclear stance, many people wonder why the Japanese people have accepted nuclear power plants across Japan since WWII, and how the LDP (liberal democratic party) has promoted nuclear energy policy in Japan? This research will show that Japan received an A-bomb on March 11, 2011 when tsunami hit the nuclear power plants in Fukushima. As this paper indicates, the tragedy of Fukushima demonstrates that the Japanese Pentagon – politicians, bureaucrats, nuclear power industries, media, academic cycles –are key factors in influencing the Japanese people and the Japanese society to accept nuclear power.

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