Presentation Title

Footprints in the Cesium Ash: Accountability in the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Presenter Information

Fiona ShermanFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Disaster, Japan, Nuclear

Biography

Fiona Sherman is a Japanese major in the Department of Modern Languages. She has studied abroad in Japan for two years.

Major

Japanese

Advisor for this project

Zelibeth Rivas

Start Date

22-4-2021 2:00 PM

Abstract

In this paper, I dissect the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, which occurred as a result of the 3/11 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. While many individuals believe this nuclear disaster was merely an unfortunate side-effect of a devastating double natural disaster, there are many key factors that contributed to the severity of the meltdown. In addition to technical flaws, there were also issues with communication and a distinct lack of protocols. Due to this mismanagement, Japanese citizens in the Tōhoku region have suffered greatly in the time following this disaster. There have been no significant improvements to reduce the impending threat of a future nuclear crisis, and no parties have taken accountability for their negligence. I argue that the Fukushima disaster was grossly mismanaged and that nuclear energy can never be a truly safe, predictable energy source.

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Apr 22nd, 2:00 PM

Footprints in the Cesium Ash: Accountability in the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

In this paper, I dissect the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, which occurred as a result of the 3/11 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. While many individuals believe this nuclear disaster was merely an unfortunate side-effect of a devastating double natural disaster, there are many key factors that contributed to the severity of the meltdown. In addition to technical flaws, there were also issues with communication and a distinct lack of protocols. Due to this mismanagement, Japanese citizens in the Tōhoku region have suffered greatly in the time following this disaster. There have been no significant improvements to reduce the impending threat of a future nuclear crisis, and no parties have taken accountability for their negligence. I argue that the Fukushima disaster was grossly mismanaged and that nuclear energy can never be a truly safe, predictable energy source.