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Socio-economic impacts of the march 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident on agri-food chains in Japan


  • Hrabrin Bachev
  • Fusao Ito


Impacts of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan on country’s agriculture (farms and agrarian resources) and food sector are assessed. The extent of radioactive contamination of agri-food products is presented. Effects on markets, consumers and international trade are evaluated. Responses of different agents are summed up, progress and challenges in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction assessed, and lessons from the Japanese experiences withdrawn.

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  • Hrabrin Bachev & Fusao Ito, 2016. "Socio-economic impacts of the march 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident on agri-food chains in Japan," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 3, pages 42-66,67-90.
  • Handle: RePEc:bas:econth:y:2016:i:3:p:42-66,67-90

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    1. Yasuyuki Todo & Kentaro Nakajima & Petr Matous, 2015. "How Do Supply Chain Networks Affect The Resilience Of Firms To Natural Disasters? Evidence From The Great East Japan Earthquake," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 55(2), pages 209-229, March.
    2. Alexander Belyakov, 2015. "From Chernobyl to Fukushima: an interdisciplinary framework for managing and communicating food security risks after nuclear plant accidents," Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Springer;Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, vol. 5(3), pages 404-417, September.
    3. Bachev, Hrabrin, 2015. "March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident impacts on Japanese agri-food sector," MPRA Paper 61499, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Bachev, Hrabrin, 2019. "Assessments of preparedness, agri-food impacts and implications for disaster risk management of Fukushima nuclear disaster," MPRA Paper 96917, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Bachev, Hrabrin & Ito, Fusao, 2017. "Agricultural impacts of the Great East Japan Earthquake - six years later," MPRA Paper 79469, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    JEL classification:

    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights


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