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Prof on Japan tsunami, nuclear disaster: Opinion shifting central gov. emphasis to local control

March 4, 2013

Japan's history of a strong central government is evolving as the country continues to rebuild from the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown, says a Purdue University expert. "Whether it is fiscal control, philanthropic investing or public health resources, the civic atmosphere in Japan continues to change as people rebuild," says Daniel P. Aldrich, associate professor of political science and author of "Building Resilience: Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery." "This began immediately after the tragedy amid fears of radiation contamination. Communities became involved in citizen science as people monitored and reported radiation levels through social media because they were skeptical of government and corporate reports.
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