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Expert assessment on agri-food implications of March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan

Hrabrin Bachev

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Abstract: The March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant accident have had immense impacts on Japanese agri-food sector. Previous analysis has demonstrated that some of the impacts that triple disaster are difficult to identify and assess due to the insufficient information, controversial data, continuing challenges and uncertainties, etc. In order to expend the assessments we have organized two expert assessments in order to identify the 2011 disasters’ short and longer terms impacts on agriculture, food industries and consumers as well as factors for persistence of negative impacts, and longer-term impacts on major resources, productions, organisations, efficiency, etc. in the most affected regions and the rest of Japan. This paper presents the results of the experts’ assessments on socio-economic impacts of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the Japanese agriculture and food sector. Nearly four years after the triple disaster, it gives some tentative assessment on the diverse (specific, combined, short-term, long-term, functional) impacts of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident on agriculture, food industries, and food consumption in different regions of the country.

Keywords: great east Japan eartquake; tsunami; Fukushima nuclear accident; social; economic; environmental impacts; agriculture; food industry; food consumption; agri-food chains; disaster risk management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q1 Q12 Q13 Q15 Q18 Q5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-01
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