Japan’s Nuclear Policy Post-Fukushima

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?


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.