The response of central and local government agencies to the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident

S. Abe    Kansai University, Osaka, Japan


This chapter reviews how central and local governments responded to the emergency situations. Necessary actions were spelled out in the Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Act; however, the magnitude of the disaster made effective action difficult, and both central and local governments had to take actions without sufficient information. The primary regulatory bodies, the Nuclear Safety Commission and Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, struggled to perform their emergency response tasks.


Defense in depth

Accident management

Central government

Fukushima prefectural government


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