Friday, October 9, 2015
Fukushima and Korea's green vs nuclear dilemma
However, those early energy policy choices have come under public and policy questioning in recent years. The Korean government shifted decisively to a green growth policy during the first decade of the new millennium. Subsequently, the Fukushima disaster had a profound impact on public and policy support for nuclear energy here in Korea. Fresh seafood is a part of daily life in Korea, and much of it comes from waters surrounding Japan and the Korean peninsula. Consequently, the question of possible radiation contamination of seafood purchased in Korea's largest seafood markets was a dominant concern in the mainstream media here for months after Fukushima.
When it comes to public and policy support for nuclear energy in South Korea, the picture has become more complex. To illustrate, I recommend a current article in The Diplomat by a Harvard Kennedy School researcher. Photographs, such as the one used with this post, capture dimensions that need to be included in the policy debate. More on this issue in future posts.