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Noriko Manabe

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199334681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334681.001.0001

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The Nuclear Past and Present

The Nuclear Past and Present

Structures of Power and Civil Resistance

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(p.34) Chapter 2 The Nuclear Past and Present
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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
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Noriko Manabe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334681.003.0002

This chapter describes the power structures and financial incentives that have kept nuclear power in place in Japan despite a catastrophe. These structures have persisted since the 1950s, when future Prime Minister Nakasone Yasuhiro and a U.S.-supported media blitz promoted nuclear power. Following the Fukushima disaster, frustration with information disclosure and revelations of past cover-ups at nuclear facilities undermined the “safety myth” that Japanese nuclear power was accident-free. Most citizens now believe that the Fukushima nuclear disaster was the result of a “nuclear village” of vested financial interests encompassing the nuclear industry, bureaucrats, politicians, academics, and the media; most favor a phase-out of nuclear power. Despite historically large and persistent protests, the Japanese government plans to restart nuclear reactors. Similarly, the Abe Shinzō administration has ignored widespread public objection to the Secrecy Law and the reinterpretation of the Peace Constitution.

Keywords:   antinuclear movement, history of nuclear power, nuclear village, safety myth, media, antinuclear demonstrations, 3.11, Fukushima nuclear disaster, Secrecy Law

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