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Preferences for Nuclear Power in Post-Fukushima Japan: Evidence from a Large Nationwide Household Survey

Toshihiro Okubo (), Daiju Narita (), Katrin Rehdanz and Carsten Schroeder ()
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Daiju Narita: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 153-8902, Japan
Carsten Schroeder: SOEP at DIW Berlin and Freie Universitaet, 10177 Berlin, Germany

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Carsten Schröder ()

Energies, 2020, vol. 13, issue 11, 1-14

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.

Keywords: energy mix; nuclear power plant; Fukushima; proximity; household survey (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q4 Q40 Q41 Q42 Q43 Q47 Q48 Q49 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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