In March 2011 the Fukushima nuclear power plant (NPP) in Japan was hit by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami which resulted in the release of significant amounts of radioactive material. The incident led to the suspension of nuclear programmes by a number of countries. This book provides a definitive account of the accident.
- Outlines the main sequence of events of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, considers the responses of central and local government, and evaluates the response of the plant owner TEPCO
- Describes and assesses the effectiveness of the evacuation process and subsequent decontamination of the site and local area
- Offers recommendations for improving the safe design and operation of nuclear power plants and considers the future of the Fukushima plant and nuclear power generation in Japan
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1. The Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant accident 2. The Fukushima nuclear power plant accident: the main sequence of events 3. The response of central and local government agencies to the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident 4. The response of the plant owner/operator (TEPCO) to the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident 5. Evacuation and decontamination in response to the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident 6. Learning from the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident 7. The future of nuclear power generation after the Fukushima accident
Dr. Seiji Abe is a Professor at Kansai University in Osaka, Japan, where he studies societal safety science in order to prevent accidents and disasters that are avoidable by scientific analysis and preparation. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Introduction to Societal Safety Sciences, published by Kansai University. He also served as Vice President of Kansai University for three years, where he led efforts to build the new school of Societal Safety Sciences. He has held a number of leadership and committee positions for professional societies and government organizations including serving as the President of the Japan Society of Public Utility Economics.