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Black WaveHow Networks and Governance Shaped Japan's 3/11 Disasters$
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Daniel P. Aldrich

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226638263

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226638577.001.0001

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National Level: Governance Challenged

National Level: Governance Challenged

(p.128) Five National Level: Governance Challenged
Black Wave

Daniel P. Aldrich

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 5 steps one level up from prefectures and looks at the national context of the 3/11 triple disasters. This chapter focuses on the decisions made by the central government before, during, and after the disasters. At the national level, while the government was reasonably well prepared for standard disasters such as earthquakes and tsunami, it was not prepared for a nuclear disaster and lacked administrative resources, such as legal frameworks and knowledgeable personnel, to respond quickly and effectively. Further, choices made by government agencies, including the choice to withhold information about radiation exposure during the crisis and the choice to apply top-down, one-size-fits-all rebuilding frameworks, showed poor national-level governance. The government’s seemingly arbitrary and capricious selection of acceptable radiation exposure levels rattled many from Fukushima and around the country.

Keywords:   National level, Standard operating procedures, Rebuilding, Nuclear disaster law, Radiation exposure

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