Preferences for nuclear power in post-fukushima Japan: Evidence from a large nationwide household survey

Toshihiro Okubo, Daiju Narita, Katrin Rehdanz, Carsten Schroeder

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Abstract

Utilizing the data of a large nationwide household survey conducted in 2014, we investigate public preferences on nuclear power in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear accident and the role of four sets of factors: (1) household/individual socioeconomic characteristics, (2) psychological status, (3) geographical aspects, and (4) Fukushima accident-related experiences. The preferred energy mix, according to the averaged responses from the survey, includes 0.59 for renewables, 0.29 for fossil fuels, and 0.12 for nuclear-much more skewed towards the renewables than the actual national share of renewables of less than 0.2. Male, older, unmarried, less educated, high-income people, and government party supporters have a preference towards a higher share of nuclear power, except if they live near nuclear power plants. The experience of blackout and aversion to nuclear power during the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 lowers the share of nuclear power in the preferred mix.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2938
JournalEnergies
Volume13
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun

Keywords

  • Energy mix
  • Fukushima
  • Household survey
  • Nuclear power plant
  • Proximity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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