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Law and Disaster: Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown in Japan


ISBN13: 9781138481947
Published: August 2018
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00



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On the 11th of March 2011, an earthquake registering 9.0 on the Richter scale (the most powerful to ever strike Japan) hit the Tohoku region in northern Japan. The earthquake produced a devastating tsunami that wiped out coastal cities and towns, leaving 19,000 people dead and registered as missing. Due to the disaster, the capability of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), was compromised, causing nuclear meltdown. The hydrogen blast destroyed the facilities, resulting in a spread of radioactive materials, and, subsequently, serious nuclear contamination. This combined event – earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown – became known as the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster.

This book examines the response of the Japanese government to the disaster, and its attempts to answer the legal questions posed by the combination of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown. Japanese law, policy, and infrastructure were insufficiently prepared for these disasters, and the country’s weaknesses were brutally exposed. This book analyses these failings, and discusses what Japan, and other countries, can learn from these events.

Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law
Contents:
1: Preface
2: Introduction
3: Japan and Earthquakes: Before the Tohoku Earthquake
4: Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and aftermath
5: Nuclear Meltdown in Fukushima
6: Reconstruction of the Tohoku Region
7: Aftermath of the Nuclear Meltdown
8: Future of Law and Politics in Japan
9: Conclusion
10: Appendix
11: Glossary
12: Index