Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Japan at Nature's EdgeThe Environmental Context of a Global Power$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ian Jared Miller, Julia Adeney Thomas, and Brett L. Walker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836924

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836924.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use (for details see www.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 December 2018

Postcrisis Japanese Nuclear Policy

Postcrisis Japanese Nuclear Policy

From Top-down Directives to Bottom-up Activism

(p.280) 14 Postcrisis Japanese Nuclear Policy
Japan at Nature's Edge

Daniel P. Aldrich

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines Japan's nuclear policy after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, with particular emphasis on the fifty-year history of the interplay between top-down directives and grassroots activism. It begins with a discussion of the Japanese population's development of a social condition known as kaku arerugi, or nuclear allergy, along with Japan's top-down policy. It argues that the triple disaster of 3/11 may topple the pronuclear iron triangle of government officials, local politicians, and business interests. It considers how citizens are taking scientific measurements, organizing large-scale protests, and articulating new energy and health priorities in the wake of the crisis. It also tackles two questions that remain unanswered: first, whether Japanese people and businesses are willing to bear the costs and suffer the externalities of nonnuclear energy sources in the future, and second, whether these alternative sources of energy will result in less harm to the environment.

Keywords:   nuclear policy, Fukushima nuclear disaster, top-down directives, grassroots activism, Japan, kaku arerugi, nuclear allergy, non-nuclear energy sources

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.