Daniel P. Aldrich, author of Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West is quoted in a front-page May 30 New York Times story about Japan’s nuclear industry. Here’s an excerpt:
“Political experts say the subsidies encourage not only acceptance of a plant but also, over time, its expansion. That is because subsidies are designed to peak soon after a plant or reactor becomes operational, and then decline.
‘In many cases, what you’ll see is that a town that was depopulating and had very little tax base gets a tremendous insurge of money,’ said Daniel P. Aldrich, a political scientist at Purdue University who has studied the laws.
As the subsidies continue to decline over the lifetime of a reactor, communities come under pressure to accept the construction of new ones, Mr. Aldrich said. ‘The local community gets used to the spending they got for the first reactor — and the second, third, fourth, and fifth reactors help them keep up,’ he added.”
Read the whole article here: In Japan, a Culture That Promotes Nuclear Dependency