Bachelor of Arts
East Asian Studies
Japan, Nuclear, Nuclear power
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.
Fries, Sarah, "Japanese Nuclear Power Policy: Forty Years of Construction, Confusion, and Conflict" (2012). Honors Papers. 352.