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Post-Fukushima Japan: The continuing nuclear controversy

Fam, Shun Deng; Xiong, Jieru; Xiong, Gordon; Yong, Ding; Ng, Daniel

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The Fukushima disaster was a wake-up call for the nuclear industry as well as a shocking revelation of the inner workings of the Japanese power sector. The political fallout from the event was far-reaching, pushing governments into abandoning nuclear expansion, turning instead to fossil fuels and renewable energy alternatives. While the move away from nuclear energy was deemed a move critical to political survival in Europe, we find that political candidates running on anti-nuclear platforms...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFam, Shun Deng
dc.contributor.authorXiong, Jieru
dc.contributor.authorXiong, Gordon
dc.contributor.authorYong, Ding
dc.contributor.authorNg, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:19:22Z
dc.identifier.issn0301-4215
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/65894
dc.description.abstractThe Fukushima disaster was a wake-up call for the nuclear industry as well as a shocking revelation of the inner workings of the Japanese power sector. The political fallout from the event was far-reaching, pushing governments into abandoning nuclear expansion, turning instead to fossil fuels and renewable energy alternatives. While the move away from nuclear energy was deemed a move critical to political survival in Europe, we find that political candidates running on anti-nuclear platforms did not win elections, while the pro-nuclear Liberal Democratic Party won government in the 2012 elections. Against this backdrop, we analyse the energy conflict in Japan using a framework of values versus interests and consider the regulatory and cultural conditions that contributed to the disaster. A number of considerations lie in the way of an organised phase-out of nuclear power in Japan. We also consider the possible policy paths Japan may take.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceEnergy Policy
dc.titlePost-Fukushima Japan: The continuing nuclear controversy
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume68
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor160505 - Economic Development Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4279067xPUB1180
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFam, Shun Deng, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationXiong, Jieru, National University of Singapore
local.contributor.affiliationXiong, Gordon, South-east Asian Biodiversity Society
local.contributor.affiliationYong, Ding, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationNg, Daniel, National University of Singapore
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage199
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage205
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.enpol.2014.01.014
local.identifier.absseo960799 - Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T10:14:06Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84895531721
local.identifier.thomsonID000334130900019
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