Title

Education as the weakest institutional link in Japan's nuclear regulation

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2016

Abstract

Institutional and organizational failures in Japan's nuc1ear regulationas a primary cause of the disaster. Whi1e the Japanese government hasimplemented reforms to strengthen nuc1ear regulation, I argue that thesereforms have largely left out the education system as a key institution thatproduces and distributes expertise necessary for nuc1ear regulation. First, theJapanese education system has traditionally produced only a small number ofexperts in the fields related to nuc1ear regulation, aligned top-ranked expertswith the pronuc1eargovernment, and weakened the civi1 society's capacityto mobi1ize counter-experts. Second, the education system has downplayedsocial-scientific perspectives in energy and environmental education capableof critically examining institutional and organizational dimensions of nuc1earregulation. These problems, however, fell outside the purview of postFukushimaregulatory reforms and, as the result, the education system remainsthe weakest institutionallink in Japan's nuc1ear regulation

Keywords

Social Studies, Japanese education

Discipline

Social Psychology and Interaction

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

Journal of Social Studies Education Research

Volume

5

First Page

33

Last Page

56

ISSN

1309-9108

Publisher

Bulent Tarman

Additional URL

http://repository.hyogo-u.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/10132/16206/1/jsse05_3.pdf

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