Who Would Be Willing to Accept Disaster Debris in Their Backyard?: Investigating the Determinants of Public Attitudes in Post-Fukushima Japan
Naomi Aoki (National University of Singapore)
This study investigates the Japanese public’s attitudes towards inter-municipal collaboration in treating disaster debris. In the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, the Ministry of Environment asked municipalities nationwide to accept and treat disaster waste. This call for cross-jurisdictional waste treatment provoked considerable public controversy. To explore how the national and municipal governments can seek better public acceptance in the wake of future disasters, this study implemented a nationwide survey and addressed the question of what factors influence the public’s willingness to support their municipalities’ plans to host disaster waste. Estimates from ordered logistic regressions (N=1,162) revealed that the event of a nuclear accident and living with a child in the household would lower the level of support for accepting the disaster waste, although this does not mean that people would give their support in the absence of a nuclear accident. The results also suggest that the national and municipal governments should communicate more with the public about the risks, benefits, and costs associated with hosting disaster debris, and make efforts to improve public trust in the national government.
THEME C: Networks and Partnerships
Expanding and Strengthening Collaboration in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals