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NIMBY Politics in Japan: Energy Siting and the Management of Environmental Conflict

Hayden Lesbirel

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ISBN 10: 0801435374 / ISBN 13: 9780801435379
Published by Cornell University Press, 1998
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Title: NIMBY Politics in Japan: Energy Siting and ...

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Book Type: Ex-Library

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Negative reaction to undesirable facilities in one's neighborhood―"not in my back yard"―isn't limited to the United States. Japanese communities have also resisted siting decisions for power plants, and have often delayed or killed projects for which a legitimate social need exists.NIMBY Politics in Japan is the first detailed account in English of energy siting disputes in postwar Japan. Based on an investigation of a hundred conventional and nuclear plants, the book draws on a wide range of local and corporate sources, as well as interviews with participants, to reveal the bargaining processes involved in social choices and their public policy outcomes.S. Hayden Lesbirel examines why some siting decisions have taken an extraordinarily long time to complete while others have proceeded rapidly. He focuses on the intensity of conflict, relative strengths among participants, and the role of compensation, and he shows how innovative uses of compensation often enable negotiated compromises to be reached. Stressing the importance of dynamic bargaining and creative responses to social and political problems, Lesbirel shows the value of negotiated compromises in Japanese consensual politics.


"Lesbirel's work is the first major work in English to focus on powerplant siting in Japan. The book is of special interest because of its focus on nuclear energy. . . . It is an important contribution to studies of energy politics in Japan. . ." Journal of Japanese Studies. v.26:1, 2000.

"From the perspective of someone with a keen interest in environmental issues, and in particular decision-making processes concerning environmental protection in Japan, I feel that this book makes an important contribution to such areas of study. . . Overall, Lesbirel's book represents an excellent reference for those seeking detailed information on the processes of public policy involved in the siting of power plants from the 1960s through to the 1980s in Japan."―Jeff Graham, Griffith University. Asian Studies Review, June 2000

"This book is successful in accomplishing its aim. . . Lesbirel's analysis is a balanced model, which demonstrates decision-making factors and the weight of each factor within the decision-making process in Japan's nuclear power siting."―Yasuko Kawashima, National Institute for Environmental Studies. The Journal of Asian Studies

"NIMBY Politics in Japan is a very well-written and well-organized book. The primary research is impressive, including not only rich interviews but also local newspapers."―Margaret McKean, Duke University

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