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P125


Up and down the nuclear power stream around East Asia 
Convenors:
Hsin-Hsing Chen (Shih-Hsin University)
Kohta Juraku (Tokyo Denki University)
Wenling Tu (National Chengchi University)
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Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel seeks to examine people’s experience to the “upstream” and “downstream” of the nuclear power plants, from uranium mining to the radioactive wastes disposal, particular those in East Asia, and re-examing valuable STS insights spurred by the nuclear issues.

Long Abstract:

Nuclear power is again on the agenda of serious discussion in many countries as a possible response to the volatile geopolitical situation and the need to cut down on carbon emission. This is particularly worrying as we have seen nuclear power sites have been literally put on the frontline of an active war in Ukraine. Even though the adverse social, political, ecological and health effects nuclear power technology poses have been a central topic STS scholars explore since the advent of this field, and even though drastic nuclear disasters have repeatedly heightened public alarms for the nuclear power, the legacy of nuclear industry is destined to be with people in countries that have ever been involved in it for the foreseeable future.

This panel seeks to examine people’s experience to the “upstream” and “downstream” of the focal point of the nuclear problem—the power plants, particular those in East Asia where lessons from the 2011 Fukushima Incidence are still fresh and even ongoing. From uranium mining to the disposal of high- and low-level radioactive wastes, the nuclear industry leaves, or is bound to leave, long-lasting footprints, often in places where the benefits of nuclear power generation do not reach. The complex economic and political power maneuvering shape and reshape communities and their environment at various scales and in multi-faceted aspects. In looking at those experience, we hope to spur some inspirations for updating valuable STS insights, or to develop new frameworks, that are helpful for making sense of today’s nuclear power problems.

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