A Lesson from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Tanaka, Yuki
May 2012
Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus;5/28/2012, Issue 22, p1
The author explores lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear power plant tragedy caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. He describes how the power plant explosion and spread of a radiation rumor led to the evacuation of residents near the power plant despite of the lack of emergency supplies which include drinking water and food. He mentions the destruction brought by said incident to farming and fishing communities in addition to the psychological trauma experienced by affected families. He also emphasizes the need for countries to stop the use of nuclear energy and weapons to prevent similar problems in the future.


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