The Impact of 3–11 on Japanese Public Opinion and Policy Toward Energy Security

  • Paul Midford
Part of the Energy, Climate and the Environment book series (ECE)


Ever since Japan began industrializing in the late 19th century the country has lacked sufficient energy resources to meet its needs, a situation that continues to this day. Starting in the 1960s, and especially since the oil crises of the 1970s, Tokyo has promoted nuclear power as the primary means for enhancing Japan’s energy security, along with efforts to increase energy efficiency. It is widely recognized that the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, which triggered a massive tsunami and a major nuclear accident, undermined this strategy. This in turn provoked a national debate over Japan’s energy policy, especially the role of nuclear power versus renewable energy in supplying electricity.


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