Historic Perspective on the Conversations to Restart the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant


  • Andrea Carolina Ávalos Salgado Universidad de Keio



Palabras clave:

Japan, nuclear energy, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, energy mix, energy policy


Following the accident of Fukushima in 2011, nuclear facilities in Japan were shut down, and a new evaluation and restart process was developed. Despite the public safety concerns, the current administration expects nuclear energy to become a pillar for economic recovery in the coming years. This paper compares the historic context of restarting Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant before and after Fukushima. The evolution is analyzed through a series of interviews in 2012 and 2013 in the community and with government officers, as well as a close follow-up of the official statements by TEPCO and the government agencies up until the end of 2020. It tackles the development in the relation between TEPCO, local authorities, and local community of this nuclear plant, before and after Fukushima. This historic relation has shown to be the key element in the restart process, even above the legal process.


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