Sustainability and the change in public opinion: natural disaster empowers Japanese citizens

Omura, Teruyo (2012) Sustainability and the change in public opinion: natural disaster empowers Japanese citizens. In: 2012 Regional Development: Connectedness, Business and Learning: Creating Sustainable Communities, 20 June2012, Brisbane, Australia.

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Disaster is pushing Japan towards more sustainable and ecologically friendly energy technology. Nuclear energy has been a national strategic priority since 1973. Development of new technology in fast-breeder reactors was backed by government ministries, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and the Federation of Electric Power Companies. Electricity supply by Nuclear power was expected to increase to 40% by 2019. This is now under review following the 2011 Fukushima accident. The 2011 disaster had a major and disruptive effect on energy supply in Japan. Japanese society began questioning the nuclear energy policy and is starting to focus on energy saving strategies leading to sustainable lifestyles which will be beneficial to future generations. They are moving on from grieving by focusing on finding new solutions to their community problems. Perhaps there is a lesson for us in Australia.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 2012 USQ Faculty of Business and Law Research Retreat.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2012 02:13
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2014 04:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: government policy; public opinion; natural disaster
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960703 Environmental Education and Awareness

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