Nuclear power and Japan's collective future: Understanding beliefs about how nuclear policies will affect society

Park, Joonha, Bain, Paul, & Kusumi, Takashi (2015) Nuclear power and Japan's collective future: Understanding beliefs about how nuclear policies will affect society. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 9(Special Issue 02), pp. 78-85.

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Despite ongoing controversies regarding possible directions for the nuclear plants program throughout Japan since the Fukushima disaster, little has been researched about people's belief structure about future society and what may affect their attitudes toward different policy options. Beyond policy debates, the present study focused on how people see a future society according to the assumptions of different policy options. A total of 125 students at Japanese universities were asked to compare a future society with society today in which one of alternative policies was adopted (i.e., shutdown or expansion of nuclear reactors) in terms of characteristics of individuals and society in general. While perceived dangerousness of nuclear power predicted attitudes and behavioural intentions to make personal sacrifices for nuclear power policies, beliefs about the social consequences of the policies, especially on economic development and dysfunction, appeared to play stronger roles in predicting those measures. The importance of sociological dimensions in understanding how people perceive the future of society regarding alternative nuclear power policies, and the subtle discrepancies between attitudes and behavioural intentions, are discussed.

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ID Code: 90603
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: nuclear plants, Japan, collective future, beliefs about future society
DOI: 10.1017/prp.2015.9
ISSN: 1834-4909
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2015 00:28
Last Modified: 27 May 2016 01:32

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