Tommorow marks three years since the Japan tsunami

Associate Professor Daniel Aldrich talks about the country's struggles since the disaster.
Associate Professor Daniel Aldrich talks about the country's struggles since the disaster.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s been nearly three years since the tsunami in Japan and one Purdue associate professor says the country is still struggling.

Daniel Aldrich said the recovery process has been much slower for communities near the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Since the nuclear meltdown, Aldrich said Fukushima carries a stigma and that many people hide the fact they are from Fukushima because of discrimination.

Aldrich said the country’s view of nuclear power has changed dramatically since the meltdown.

“Before the disaster people were in favor of nuclear power. It was well supported. I you asked before hand, ‘Do you support or oppose nuclear power?’ Roughly two-thirds of the public said, ‘We support nuclear power.’ Afterward, it’s been completely flipped. Two-thirds oppose nuclear power now.”

Aldrich said carbon emissions in Japan have skyrocketed due to increased use of coal, oil and natural gas for power.

Aldrich held a lecture Monday evening focusing on the struggles in Japan. He said while there he and other researchers made an interesting discovery in regards to how certain communities survived more than others.

According to their research, they found that closer communities during the disaster survived more because of their willingness to help others. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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