Journal article

Demanding a safer tomorrow: Japan’s anti-nuclear rallies in the summer of 2012 (Respond to this article at http://www. therai. org. uk/at/debate)

Akihiro Ogawa

Anthropology Today | Wiley Online Library | Published : 2013

Abstract

Should Japan continue to generate nuclear power? This was a question raised multiple times during the summer of 2012, almost a year and a half after the great earthquake and the start of the radiation leak from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. At that time, one of the major issues faced by Japanese politicians was how to deal with the government’s energy policy. Nuclear production has significantly contributed to furthering Japan’s economic prosperity: over the past 50 years, Japan has developed the third largest commercial nuclear programme in the world, exceeded only by the United States and France. Before Fukushima, nearly 30 percent of Japan’s electricity was provided by nuclear powe..

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