Book Chapter

‘Community power’: Renewable energy policy and production in post-Fukushima Japan

Akihiro Ogawa

New frontiers in Japanese studies | Routledge - Taylor & Francis | Published : 2020


Japan has assumed a central position within global discourses on energy since the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that caused radiation leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. This disaster singlehandedly destabilised energy policymaking and production practices in Japan. Before this disaster, many people in Japan, including myself, never gave much thought about energy, and only individuals with some reason to be worried about energy issues engaged in discussion about energy. However, people from a broader cross section of society joined the conversation after the disaster. They started learning about how the electricity system works – how electricity is generated..

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