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The policy responses to the Fukushima nuclear accident and their effect on Japanese energy security


  • Hayashi, Masatsugu
  • Hughes, Larry


The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station received worldwide attention in March 2011; since then, much of the reporting has been limited to stories such as the state of the reactor, the trans-Pacific movement of flotsam caused by the tsunami, and the effect of the tsunami and accident on Japanese communities. Other than the closure of Japan's last operating reactor in May 2012, little has been discussed outside of Japan regarding the policies introduced in response by the Japanese government in its effort to maintain Japanese energy security and the effects on Japan's electricity suppliers and the Japanese people.

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  • Hayashi, Masatsugu & Hughes, Larry, 2013. "The policy responses to the Fukushima nuclear accident and their effect on Japanese energy security," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 86-101.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:59:y:2013:i:c:p:86-101
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.08.059

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