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August 21, 2013

Fukushima Expert

Daniel P. Aldrich

Daniel P. Aldrich
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Daniel P. Aldrich, associate professor of political science

Aldrich has studied the policy and civic factors that influence nuclear power plant placement and resources in Japan, including the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Aldrich, who speaks Japanese, was in Japan this past year on a Fulbright Fellowship to study changes in government and civic engagement since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. His research also focuses on the Fukushima nuclear power plant prior to the 2011 disaster, and is included in his book "Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West," which was published in 2010. He also is the author of the 2012 "Building Resilience: Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery."

Aldrich can talk about the current radioactive water leak and how the disaster will affect area residents and fishermen, therefore local industry. He also can talk about Japan's commercial nuclear power industry, related policy issues and civic science watchdog groups.

Aldrich has studied evacuation, disaster recovery and community rebuilding following the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, as well as other natural disasters including the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in Tamil Nadu, the 1923 earthquake in Tokyo and the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Daniel P. Aldrich, 765-494-4190, daniel.aldrich@gmail.com 

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