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The 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident by Kenji Iino, Naoto Kasahara, Masao Fuchigami, Seiji Abe, Yotaro Hatamura

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The future of nuclear power generation after the Fukushima accident

Y. Hatamura    Hatamura Institute for the Advancement of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract

Japan had its reasons for moving into nuclear power generation in the 1960s. The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident is forcing us to rethink our electric power industry with regard to what alternative power sources are available and whether we can abandon the nuclear industry altogether. This chapter reviews the history of why we went with nuclear power, what alternatives we have at this point, and if they are feasible. Whichever direction, whether to continue or to turn in a different direction, we have to have thorough discussions before making our decisions.

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