Degree Year

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

East Asian Studies

Advisor(s)

Suzanne Gay

Keywords

Japan, Nuclear, Nuclear power

Abstract

How could Japan, a victim of nuclear weapons, become the world's third largest nuclear power country? Drawing upon English and Japanese sources as well as pro-nuclear and anti-nuclear publications, I stove to provide a balanced analysis of Japan's nuclear power debate and context in which to understand the 2011 Fukushima Crisis. By analyzing the role of the press and the anti-nuclear and pro-nuclear coalitions, I provide arguments as to why the Japanese energy policy has been predominantly pro-nuclear since the 1950s and hazard an argument that nuclear power will likely continue to exist in Japan.

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