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Reflections on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

Toward Social-Scientific Literacy and Engineering Resilience

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  • Comprehensive, yet concise summary about the Fukushima Daiichi accident from various viewpoints including technological, organizational, societal and ethical

  • Views by various generations and countries, including graduate students, young researchers and faculty members, as well as senior faculty members and their evolution during and after the accident are presented as a basis for considering future nuclear engineering education

  • Future directions for education of nuclear engineers, who will become technically competent and trusted by stakeholders in the society

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About this book

This book focuses on nuclear engineering education in the post-Fukushima era. It was edited by the organizers of the summer school held in August 2011 in University of California, Berkeley, as part of a collaborative program between the University of Tokyo and UC Berkeley. Motivated by the particular relevance and importance of social-scientific approaches to various crucial aspects of nuclear technology, special emphasis was placed on integrating nuclear science and engineering with social science. The book consists of the lectures given in 2011 summer school and additional chapters that cover developments in the past three years since the accident. It provides an arena for discussions to find and create a renewed platform for engineering practices, and thus nuclear engineering education, which are essential in the post-Fukushima era for nurturing nuclear engineers who need to be both technically competent and trusted in society.

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Understanding the Fukushima Daiichi Accident and Its Consequences

  2. Basis for Moving Forward

Editors and Affiliations

  • Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA

    Joonhong Ahn

  • History, University of California, Berkeley, USA

    Cathryn Carson

  • Sundbyberg, Sweden

    Mikael Jensen

  • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tokyo Denki University, Adachi-ku, Japan

    Kohta Juraku

  • McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

    Shinya Nagasaki

  • Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Japan

    Satoru Tanaka

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Reflections on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

  • Book Subtitle: Toward Social-Scientific Literacy and Engineering Resilience

  • Editors: Joonhong Ahn, Cathryn Carson, Mikael Jensen, Kohta Juraku, Shinya Nagasaki, Satoru Tanaka

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-12089-8Published: 18 December 2014

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-36346-2Published: 27 September 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-12090-4Published: 01 December 2014

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 454

  • Number of Illustrations: 18 b/w illustrations, 77 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Nuclear Energy, Environmental Science and Engineering, Social Sciences, general

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