Economic Journal of Hokkaido University;Vol.41


The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster : One of the World's Worst-Ever Cases of Pollution

Yoshida, Fumikazu

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KEYWORDS : Nuclear Disaster;Pollution;Great East Japan Earthquake;Nuclear Power;Renewable Energy


If we review the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on 11 March 2011 and examine the nuclear disaster that has followed it from the standpoint of the theories that have been developed to deal with the problems of pollution, and analyze it first from the point of view that focuses on "the causes of pollution" and "the damage that pollution causes", and then, further, to go on to consider the various theories or concepts that relate to issues of "responsibility", "countermeasures", "social cost", "relief", and finally to weigh up proposals for "an alternative policy", it should become possible to determine the extent of the problem, the issues that have to be faced and the courses of action that we need to take, the prospects for finding a solution, and a timeline that may lead to its resolution.