JDR Vol.7 No.sp pp. 511-516
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2012.p0511


Anticipatory and Participatory Governance: Revisiting Technology Assessment on Nuclear Energy in Japan

Go Yoshizawa

Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, 2-2 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

April 2, 2012
June 5, 2012
August 1, 2012
strategic intelligence, anticipatory governance, participatory technology assessment, individuality

Technology assessment has come into the spotlight several times since the 1970s, but serious misinterpretations caused by the ideas of engineering orientation, safety myth and self-management have impeded its effective societal embedding. Even in this post-3/11 period, thesemisinterpretations are implied in the current science and technology policy plan and suggested as causes of the nuclear accident in the interim report of the governmental investigation committee. In thinking about the future nuclear governance in Japan, wider participation is a key to opening up the closed expert community and escaping from the shortsightedness of nuclear governance. Careful attention should be paid, however, as ever, to simply setting up an “independent” organization and/or conducting participatory events such as public forums and consensus conferences. Individual connections, cognitions and commitments of a diverse range of participants incorporated into institutional and managerial reform can, instead, be seen as a hope for restoring anticipatory energy governance while preventing another severe nuclear disaster in the future.

Cite this article as:
Go Yoshizawa, “Anticipatory and Participatory Governance: Revisiting Technology Assessment on Nuclear Energy in Japan,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.7, No.sp, pp. 511-516, 2012.
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