Forced Evacuation and Social Isolation in Fukushima
Masahiro Shoji () and
Economic Review, 2018, vol. 69, issue 1, 55-74
This study examines determinants of forced evacuation, and the changes in social isolation in forced evacuees, from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Using a unique survey conducted in temporary housing in Iwaki city, we find that around 30％ of the evacuees did not have conversations with anyone in the housing and 60％ could not call for help when they moved to the housing. Further, 5％ did not have conversations even 2.5 years after the accident. The isolated evacuees can be classified into two types : those who had been persistently isolated since moving, such as young, introverted, and self-interested evacuees, and those who could not form a personal network in the evacuation site, like male and jobless evacuees. The poor network formation of males was aggravated in large-scale housing located near downtown.
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