Global climate change and Japanese nuclear policy1

Koichi Hasegawa

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    Among advanced industrialized countries, only the Japanese government has a plan to construct an additional twenty nuclear power plant by 2010. Why does the government adhere so aggressively to a pro-nuclear policy? Recently, the government has stressed nuclear power for global climate protection. This paper criticizes Japanese climate protection policy from a sociological point of view and searches the political and social background of the policy, focusing on: (4 the characteristics and structure of the global warming issue, (b) the political opportunity structure of the decision making process at the national level, (c) the role of NGOs, (d) the international context and (el countermeasures at the municipal level.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)183-197
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Japanese Sociology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan 1


    • Global warming
    • Nuclear energy policy
    • Political opportunity structure of energy policy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science


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