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Title: Top Down versus bottom up : Post-crisis Japanese nuclear policy
Authors: Aldrich, Daniel.P
Keywords: Nipponistica
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Venezia : Edizioni Ca' Foscari
Series/Report no.: History and Society;1
Abstract: While the Japanese Government successfully created one of the most advanced commercial nuclear power programs in the world through a mix of top-down directives and well-funded policy tools, the compounded disaster of 11 March 2011 drastically altered the political and social landscape for atomic energy there and abroad. Local residents throughout Japan along with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have seized the opportunity to carry out bottom-up responses to the accident, including radiation monitoring, challenges to bureaucrats’ authority, and mass protest. Where other scholars have looked more closely at the activities of private-sector actors and political parties, this chapter briefly reviews the past five decades of Japan’s nuclear power program with a focus on the interaction between state and civil society and the ways in which the disaster has induced grassroots citizen science and activism.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11707/5217
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