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Post-Fukushima Prospects for Nuclear-Power Development in the United States, Germany, and Japan Beaton, James Daniel

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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident that followed the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan has had far-reaching consequences. In order to properly assess and predict the impact of this event on industry, political opinion, and government policy, it is important to examine the political aftermath of the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl accidents of March 28, 1979 and April 26, 1986 respectively. By considering these three incidents with regard to actions taken in response by the United States, Germany, and Japan, this paper grounds a dynamic issue in both temporal and geographical comparative perspective. It concludes with a closer look at the economic benefits and costs of nuclear power, and an evaluation of a few of the tenets of contemporary environmental policy as they relate to nuclear power.

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