Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Energy in Japan: The Need for a Robust Social Contract

Satoh, Haruko (2011) Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Energy in Japan: The Need for a Robust Social Contract. Elcano Newsletter (79). 7 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

The Fukushima accident in March 2011 calls for the reassessment of the nuclear regime in Japan, especially as regards to public safety. The serious accident that occurred in Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant caused by the 11 March earthquake (M. 8.9) has been a hard and costly lesson for Japan’s obscure and corrupted nuclear energy regime, the so-called ‘nuclear village’, that grew during the long era of rapid economic growth that had little regard for public safety; crucially missing in this past policy to promote nuclear energy was the proper social contract between the State and society. In a highly-industrialised democracy, the accident’s social and economic impact weighs heavily on the decision-makers, but Japan needs to re-think nuclear energy first from the perspective of rebuilding and then by honouring the public’s trust in the State.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asia-Pacífico
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > COUNTRIES AND REGIONS > JAPAN
ENVIRONMENT; NATURAL RESOURCES > POLLUTION CONTROL; ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING > NUCLEAR SAFETY.
EARTH SCIENCES; SPACE SCIENCES > GEOPHYSICS; GEOLOGY; SOIL SCIENCES > TIDAL WAVES.
EARTH SCIENCES; SPACE SCIENCES > GEOPHYSICS; GEOLOGY; SOIL SCIENCES > SEISMS.
INDUSTRY > ENERGY > NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS.
INDUSTRY > ENERGY > NUCLEAR ENERGY.
INDUSTRY > ENERGY > NUCLEAR REACTORS.
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2012 02:49
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2012 02:49
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/2173

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