Education as the weakest institutional link in Japan's nuclear regulation
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
Social Studies, Japanese education
Social Psychology and Interaction
Journal of Social Studies Education Research
Hiro SAITO, .(2016). Education as the weakest institutional link in Japan's nuclear regulation. Journal of Social Studies Education Research, 5, 33-56.
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