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Effect of Free Media on Views Regarding Nuclear Energy after the Fukushima Accident

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  • Eiji Yamamura

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Using cross-country data, this paper investigates how governance influenced views regarding the security of nuclear energy after the Fukushima accident in Japan. Key findings are: (1) citizens are less likely to agree that nuclear power plants are properly secured against accidents with the presence of a free media and higher levels of freedom of expression; and (2) freedom of expression and free media are positively associated with the presence of nuclear plants. These findings indicate that sufficient information leads citizens to both understand the risk of nuclear energy and to accept the existence of nuclear plants.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Kyklos.

Volume (Year): 65 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
Pages: 132-141

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Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:65:y:2012:i:1:p:132-141

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  1. Yamamura, Eiji, 2012. "Atomic bombs and the long-run effect on trust: Experiences in Hiroshima and Nagasaki," MPRA Paper 36805, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Yamamura, Eiji, 2012. "Effect of the Fukushima accident on saving electricity: The case of the Japanese Professional Baseball League," MPRA Paper 42674, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Alexander Fink & Thomas Stratmann, 2013. "U.S. housing prices and the Fukushima nuclear accident: To update, or not to update, that is the question," ICER Working Papers 04-2013, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research.

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