Japan’s Fukushima disaster: Have lessons been learned?

One year on work continues clearing homes destroyed in the earthquake (photo:dpa)
One year on work continues clearing homes destroyed in the earthquake (photo:dpa)

Japan has suffered a series of major shocks in the last year but seems to be muddling through rather than developing a clear strategy for growth. This is seen in its national energy policy where stopgap solutions are being implemented to replace nuclear with gas despite the emissions. And it is also affecting the country’s businesses.

JAPAN responded quickly and effectively to the triple crisis from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011. It then returned to its ‘muddling through’ mentality which has characterised the past two decades.

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The crisis has not prompted a clearing of the political and administrativ...

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