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Public Perceptions of Nuclear Energy in Asia After Fukushima Crisis

  • Kapil PatilEmail author
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Abstract

The March 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan affected both public opinion and government policies related to nuclear energy in many countries around the world. Especially in Asia, the crisis caused a widespread uncertainty over ambitious targets for the expansion of nuclear energy, aimed at meeting the twin challenge of energy security and climate change. Notwithstanding the strong public sentiment in the immediate aftermath of the crisis, the degree of public opposition to nuclear energy varied significantly from country to country. In this chapter, we mainly document the trends in public perceptions of nuclear energy after the Fukushima crisis in the Asian region. The study has focussed on understanding shifts in public perceptions of nuclear energy based on survey of media reports, analyses and public polls conducted in the years before and after the Fukushima crisis. The analysis primarily reveals slow recovery in public acceptance of nuclear energy in several Asian countries after the widespread initial loss of faith in safety of nuclear installations due to Fukushima accident. The concerns over nuclear safety, nevertheless, remain the key determinant in peoples’ perceptions of risk towards nuclear energy. The declined public support has so far had only limited impact on government policies for nuclear energy development in Asia, and its growth will be unabated in the years ahead.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian Pugwash SocietyNew DelhiIndia

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