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Nuclear Crisis in Japan 

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On March 11, 2011, Japan experienced its worst earthquake in the 140 years of recorded history of earthquake measurements and is experiencing its worst—to date—nuclear incident. The worst-case accident involved a reactor meltdown and substantial release of radioactive materials to the environment.
There are still many questions after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan and devastated Northern Honshu. One crucial question to Japan's long-term economic growth is what to do about nuclear power?

The U.S. - Japan Nuclear Working Group

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation has partnered with the Federation of American Scientists and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation to convene a group of approximately 15 American and Japanese experts and officials that represent the two countries' nuclear energy initiatives. Between March 2012 and October 2013 the working group will meet four times to highlight the shared strategic concerns at stake amidst the shifting political landscape for nuclear energy in Japan and the United States.


2013 August 23: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, "Thinking Outside Fukushima"
2013 May 13: FAS Issue Brief, "Regulating Japanese Nuclear Power In The Wake Of The Fukushima Daiichi Accident"
2012 February 29: Nieman Watchdog"So Many Questions About Nuclear Power"
2012 February 8: "The Future of Nuclear Power in the United States"
2011 November: Foreign Policy, "Think Again: Nuclear Power"
2011 July 1: U.S. News & World Report, "U.S. Must Learn From Japan Nuclear Crisis"
2011 May: "Nuclear Energy, What Everyone Needs to Know" (Oxford University Press)
2011 April 15: Guatemala Times, "Pools of Danger"
2011 March 23: Nature, "Do Not Phase Out Nuclear Power Yet"
2011 March 16: Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsThe Need For a Resilient Energy Policy in Japan
2011 March 15: Kyodo NewsOPINION: Future of Nuclear Power in Japan - Advice from American Friend
2011 March 11: Foreign PolicyA Radioactive Situation, Japan's earthquake could shake public trust in the safety of nuclear power.

2012 January 17: PBS Frontline, "Nuclear Aftershocks" 
2011 March 23: PBS NewsHour"After Japan Crisis, What's Next for U.S. Nuclear Policy?" 
2011 March 21: Washington and Lee University"Japanese Disaster Impact on the Nuclear Power Industry"
2011 March 17: BBC News, "Crisis in Japan"
2011 March 16: NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, "Concern Over Nuke Design Not New"
2011 March 14: MSNBC Hardball with Chris Matthews"Japan Confronts Grim Reality"


Audio Clips:
2013 October 25: Science For The People, "Fukushima"
2011 March 18: NPR - Talk of the Nation Science Friday"Update on Japan's Nuclear Reactors"
2011 March 17: NPR - The Diane Rehm Show"Japan's Nuclear Crisis and Its Impact on the Nuclear Industry"
2011 March 14: KQED's Forum with Michael KrasnyJapan Earthquake Update
2011 March 11: PRI's The WorldJapan quake prompts nuclear emergency


2010 May 19: House Committee on Science and Technology:Charting the Course for American Nuclear Technology and the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Research and Development Roadmap

2012 March 9: Nuclear Energy Guide
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