The Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant accident

S. Abe    Kansai University, Osaka, Japan


This chapter presents the background information needed for understanding the 2011 Fukushima-1 Nuclear Power Plant accident, namely, the nuclear power generation industry in Japan. In addition, the chapter describes the industry position of the owner of Fukushima-1, Tokyo Electric Power Company, an outline of the multiunit Fukushima-1 Nuclear Power Plant, and how the plant was prepared for nuclear emergency accidents, as well as the preparedness, embodied in their regulations, of central and local governments. The severity of the Tohoku Area Pacific Offshore Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011, was beyond what the electric company, government, ...

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