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Fukushima Six Years After: East Asia’s Nuclear Energy Conundrum

2017-03-19 08:27:59       source:RSIS

March 16, 2017


Human factors such as complacency and lack of questioning attitude have been identified as key contributors to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. But six years after the incident, East Asian states have yet to address human factors to make nuclear energy safe and secure in the region.


JAPAN COMMEMORATED the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster on 11 March 2017. Since the tsunami–triggered disaster, qualified observers assess that the biggest risk associated with nuclear power comes not from the technology of the infrastructure but from human factors. The Fukushima incident must be regarded as a technological disaster triggered not just by 'unforeseeable' natural hazards (earthquake, tsunami), but also human errors."

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