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2011 Vol.3
After the Earthquake Disaster


The serious accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has revealed several important problems in crisis management and institutional setup that need to be addressed. The only way to requite people’s sacrifices would be to turn the problems into lessons and establish safer systems. Even if Japan, like Germany, will cease nuclear power generation as quickly as possible (it is true that Germany can use electricity generated at nuclear power plants in France or Belgium due to cross-border electricity transmission within the EU), it should be noted that a certain amount of investment must be made for a while in the development of nuclear technologies. In response to the accident, we should, of course, fully review our lifestyles and make sufficient efforts to develop new energy sources.