Japanese university students' attitudes toward the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Akio Honda, Juthatip Wiwattanapantuwong, Tsuneyuki Abe

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    This study investigated Japanese university students' attitudes about the Fukushima nuclear accident and the relations between their attitudes and their opinions about post-disaster reconstruction policies. Gender and geographical differences were also examined. Attitude components were identified, including nuclear power plant efficiency, trust in institutions, and fear of radioactive contamination. Results revealed that men reported higher perceived nuclear power plant efficiency than women did, whereas women showed slightly higher fear of radioactive contamination than men did. Students in Miyagi had higher levels of trust in institutions than students in Tokyo did. Controlling for the effects of gender and geographical differences, fear of radioactive contamination was revealed as a predictor of opinions about post-disaster policies. In contrast, the cognitive components of attitudes did not predict the opinions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)147-156
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Environmental Psychology
    Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec


    • Fear of radioactive contamination
    • Fukushima nuclear accident
    • Gender difference
    • Geographical difference
    • Nuclear attitudes
    • Post-disaster policies

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Applied Psychology


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