15 Feb '12, 12pm

Fukushima: the social impact of a nuclear disaster

Fukushima: the social impact of a nuclear disaster

The triple disaster of the earthquake, tsuanami and Fukushima nuclear station meltdown in March 2011, saw intense media focus on the safety of nuclear power. Another of the repercussions not much - if at all - considered in depth by the international media is the social dimension of the disaster: the massive upheaval it brought to local communities. To someone like me who has lived in, and has had family ties with Japan, an overriding question remains how the disaster affected these communities. The triple disaster has highlighted and compounded such pre-existing underlying issues as falling birth rates, the fragmenting of the family unit, and the shrinking of local communities. During the five years before the disaster, birth rates had been steadily falling in Japan. The now daily concerns about radiation levels, safe food and water have left many young couples unwilling ...

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