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The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and the Challenges of Japanese Democratic Governance

Title
The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and the Challenges of Japanese Democratic Governance
Authors
Howe, Brendan M.Oh, Jennifer S.
Ewha Authors
Brendan M. HoweJennifer Sejin Oh
SCOPUS Author ID
Brendan M. Howescopus; Jennifer Sejin Ohscopus
Issue Date
2013
Journal Title
KOREA OBSERVER
ISSN
0023-3919JCR Link
Citation
vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 495 - 516
Keywords
Democratic GovernanceJapanFukushimaNuclear PolicyPolitical PartiesCivil Society
Publisher
INST KOREAN STUDIES
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
This article examines the challenges of democratic governance in Japan through the case of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 2011. Institutionally, the Japanese people lack access to nuclear policy-making. Major political parties fail to heed the voice of the people while an iron triangle of pro-nuclear bureaucrats, politicians and power industries dominate nuclear policy-making. Japanese civil society has remained quiescent for too long and now lacks the capacity effectively to shape nuclear policies. Even recent civil activism and new mechanisms of democratic governance fall short in enhancing the role of civil society in shaping Japan's nuclear agenda. The article concludes with a discussion on the prospects of improved democratic governance in Japan.
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