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Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident on Nuclear Policies

  • Kenichi OshimaEmail author
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Abstract

The accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on 11 March 2011 was the first severe accident ever to occur in this developed capitalist country. This chapter describes in detail how Japan’s energy policies and nuclear policies have changed after the Fukushima nuclear accident. This accident led to electricity system reform, revision of nuclear power policies and introduction of the Feed-In-Tariff system under the administration of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)–Komeito Party coalition, which took power after the DPJ, followed electricity system reform and introduction of the Feed-In-Tariff system, but the coalition government has policies in place to maintain nuclear power generation. However, from a medium- to long-term perspective, this chapter considers that the key pillars of nuclear policy are nuclear phase-out, handling the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident and radioactive waste disposal.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ryukoku UniversityKyotoJapan

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