Japan's nuclear crisis : the routes to responsibility

Susan Carpenter

Susan Carpenter analyses the impact of Japan's 2011 nuclear crisis on the Japanese political economy. She defines pertinent political and economic elements intrinsic to the political economy to reveal why the nuclear plant was still operating despite numerous problems that had been plaguing the reactors since 1989. Her investingation of the disaster exposes the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry- affiliated institutions which have been at the core of the nuclear and electric power industries since the 1950s. The examination of how these and other government-affiliated organizations serve to promote interpersonal networks betweenministry officials, the utilities and the nuclear energy industrial sector answers questions as to why Japan's nuclear crisis was an impending disaster, why the regulatory supervision failed, why there are fifty-four nuclear power plants in an earthquake-prone country, and why, despite the growing opposition to nuclear power in Japan, the plants will continue to operate. The assessment of pre-crisis national and regional economic data allows a realistic forecast of the pace of Japan's post-crisis economic recovery.

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  • Introduction Definition of the Ministries' IAIs, Including Historical Development. Ministries Involved in Nuclear Sector and Their IAIs. Portrait of Japan's Current Political Environment Japan's Pre-earthquake Economy METI's Electric Development Power Corp Ehime. Aomori, Fukushima and MOX: Prefectural Acceptance of Ministerial 'Guidance' in Return for Public Works Projects Don't Blame the Bureaucrats Blame the System Conclusion

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書名 Japan's nuclear crisis : the routes to responsibility
著作者等 Carpenter Susan
出版元 Palgrave Macmillan
刊行年月 2012
ページ数 xvii, 248 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 9780230354920
NCID BB08120142
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス