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Nuclear Safety: A Longitudinal Case Study from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
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Nuclear Safety: A Longitudinal Case Study from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Lee, Joon-Hyuk; Jin, Young-Min; Jo, Young-Hyuk; Lee, Soon-Hong;
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 Abstract
Nuclear energy is considerably cheap and clean compared to other fossil fuels. Yet, there are rising safety concerns of nuclear power plants including the possibility of radiation releasing nuclear accidents. In light of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in 2011, Japan has been re-evaluating their existing energy policies and increasing the share of alternative energy. This paper first tracks the major historical changes of energy policy in Japan by time period. Next, energy security, reignited concerns and alternative energy are covered to examine Japan`s energy security situation and its transition after the Fukushima disaster. Lastly, a short survey based on thematic analysis was conducted in South Korea and Japan to understand the public awareness of nuclear. This paper postulates that the case of Fukushima will contribute to establish and operate a safe-future nuclear program in South Korea, given that the country is not only geographically neighbouring Japan but also the world`s fourth largest producer of nuclear energy.
 Keywords
fukushima nuclear energy disaster;nuclear safety;nuclear energy policy;energy security;alternative energy;thematic analysis;NIMBY;
 Language
English
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