Rethinking Human Security after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident

Hobson, Christopher (2014). Rethinking Human Security after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident. Fukushima Global Communication Programme Working Paper Series. United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.

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    Author Hobson, Christopher
    Title Rethinking Human Security after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident
    Series Title Fukushima Global Communication Programme Working Paper Series
    Volume/Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2014-03
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability
    Pages 13
    Language eng
    Abstract Despite its strong international support for human security, Japan’s adoption of the doctrine has been underwritten by an assumption that it is ultimately a concern for ‘others’. Yet on the afternoon of Friday 11 March 2011 it was made terribly clear that human security also had great relevance for the people of Japan, as the Tohoku region was hit by a massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant. Japan’s triple disaster showed with horrible force that the country is not immune from severe threats to human security. This paper demonstrates there is considerable value in utilising the human security approach to understand Japan’s triple disaster. Notably, that the disaster occurred in the context of an economically advanced, stable democracy provides an important counter to the common assumption that human insecurity is only a problem in the Global South.
    UNBIS Thesaurus HUMAN SECURITY
    NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS
    MAN-MADE DISASTERS
    Keyword Fukushima
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2014
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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