This chapter focuses on the partnership between the Kaminoseki municipality and Chugoku Electric Power Company. Chugoku Electric's involvement with the town began when mayor Kanō Shin was asked about the possibility of constructing an atomic power station in the municipality. The chapter provides two reasons for studying this issue. First, it adds to the understanding of how and why controversial Japanese infrastructure projects have been sited in the postwar period. Second, the nuclear story shows the extent to which Meiji period hometown structures endured into the late twentieth century. Although the dispute over nuclear power in many ways ripped apart the social fabric of Kaminoseki, the ways in which it was first introduced in Kaminoseki nevertheless underlines the survival of older forms of political and social interaction.
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