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My Nuclear Nightmare
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My Nuclear Nightmare: Leading Japan Through the Fukushima Disaster to a Nuclear-Free Future

Naoto Kan and Jeffrey S. Irish

Abstract

On March 11, 2011, a massive undersea earthquake off Japan's coast triggered devastating tsunami waves that in turn caused meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Ranked with Chernobyl as the worst nuclear disaster in history, Fukushima will have lasting consequences for generations. Until 3.11, Japan's Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, had supported the use of nuclear power. His position would undergo a radical change, however, as Kan watched the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 Power Plant unfold and came to understand the potential for the physical, economi ... More

Keywords: earthquake, tsunami, Fukushima, nuclear disaster, Naoto Kan, Japan, Tepco, power plant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501705816
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501705816.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naoto Kan, author
former Prime Minister of Japan/Japan's Technical Committee on Renewable Energy

Jeffrey S. Irish, editor

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