Volume 58, Number 3, July - September 2023
|Page(s)||161 - 167|
|Published online||14 September 2023|
Report on the 24th Fukushima Dialogue “Creating the Future of Fukushima Together With The Next Generation”★
NPO Fukushima Dialogue, Karasawa 14, Kuroda, Tabito-machi, Iwaki-shi, Fukushima 974-0151, Japan
2 Department of Humanities and Sociology (History Section), Faculty of Education, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, Japan
3 Department of Disaster Psychiatry, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan
4 University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
5 Tomioka Town, Fukushima, Japan
6 Nuclear Protection Evaluation Center (CEPN), Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
7 Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 12 July 2023
The 24th Fukushima Dialogue, a stakeholder meeting to discuss the future of the recovery phase in Fukushima Prefecture among the younger generation, was held in the town of Naraha in the Futaba district of the Fukushima Prefecture, in November 2022. Following a series of presentations, participants to the meeting aged 18 to 35 discussed the current challenges of the reconstruction activities in the Fukushima Prefecture and what is needed to improve the situation. The Dialogue revealed that the younger generation has difficulty in grasping what is meant by reconstruction and readily distinguishes between the “large” reconstruction of authorities and the “small” one of individuals. It also revealed that the Fukushima accident had a strong impact on the sense of belonging of its inhabitants to the region and that they now aspire to build a new identity by regaining control of their lives, even if it is sometimes a painful process. Finally, the Dialogue brought to light that the younger generation is willing and ready to engage in the decision-making process related to the recovery phase in the Fukushima Prefecture.
Key words: Fukushima dialogue / Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident / stakeholder involvement / post nuclear accident recovery / decision-making process
Note to the reader: Affiliation of Y. Kanai has been corrected on 15 September 2023.
This paper is the English translation of a paper originally published in Japanese language in the Japanese Journal of Risk Analysis (JJRA) in May 2023 (https://doi.org/10.11447/jjra.T-22-026). It has been slightly adapted to fit the format of Radioprotection. This paper is published respecting the rights attached to this publication in accordance with JJRA.
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