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TId: onsdag 7. mai kl 11:30-12:30
Sted: Ellen & Axel Lunds hus, rom H-125
Tittel: Fukushima Disaster, Fish, and Energy
Ved: Shunsuke Managi, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (earthquake and the triggered tsunami and nuclear meltdown) caused severe damages especially at the coastal area. This talk is based on several research papers and provides an overview With regard to the nuclear power, a number of organizations and associations have been involved in the nuclear power issue, and the information provided by them are often confusing and missing the main points.
What we have learned from the experiences of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima is that it is crucial to have a variety of energy sources. The public sentiment on the nuclear power is very complex. When the climate change problem started attracting people’s attentions, the government promoted the nuclear power energy. However, after the accident in Fukushima, the public’ interest was moving from the climate change to a renewable energy. On the other hand, people hardly accept 20% rise of energy cost expected if all the nuclear power plants were stopped. In other Asian countries, the debates and discussions on the nuclear power have been very active, and their attentions to the future action and decision by the Japanese government are extremely high. Our empirical results show that the affected people moves to the new location if the risk of potential and current disaster is higher. But they do not if their reservation utilities are higher by difficulties with collecting information in the new locations, or they have higher attachment to the local communities.
The people who are under the effect of Fukushima nuclear power plant’s accident are sensitive to the risk of radiation exposure although the people who are more distant from the disaster site show seemingly greater reaction. The fishery industry is affected most from this disaster. Even before the tsunami, the production of fishery itself has decreased in the last 20 years due to over fishery, and the income of fishermen is much lower than 20 years ago.
Currently, this industry heavily depends on subsidiary from the government. It has heavily damaged by Fukushima’s nuclear power plant accident and the prospect is very severe due to cesium and radiation problem. It is suggested to allocate more reconstruction budget for the reconstruction of fabrication facilities, not to reconstruct the ports as it used to be. If the subsidiary can be used more effectively, it will provide the job opportunities even in other industries which can generate the income
Seminaret finner sted i Ellen & Axel Lunds hus H-125.