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My Nuclear NightmareLeading Japan Through the Fukushima Disaster to a Nuclear-Free Future$
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Naoto Kan and Jeffrey S. Irish

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705816

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705816.001.0001

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Taking Action before Stepping Down

Taking Action before Stepping Down

2 Taking Action before Stepping Down
My Nuclear Nightmare

Naoto Kan

Jeffrey S. Irish

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's recollections about the actions he took before his resignation. In particular, he explains the circumstances behind his gradual move away from the use of nuclear power. He says that his experience of the nuclear accident that began to unfold on March 11, 2011, made him realize that a nuclear accident carried with it a risk so large that it could lead to the collapse of a country. He became convinced that what they had been calling “safe nuclear power” could only be found through independence from nuclear power. He also describes the passage of a bill to promote renewable energy and the shutdown of the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant.

Keywords:   Great East Japan earthquake, Japanese prime minister, Naoto Kan, nuclear power, nuclear accident, Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant, renewable energy

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