Risk perception of nuclear power plants among university students in northeast Asia after the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Marco Chi Fong Ieong, Jung Chun Ho, Patricia Chiao Tze Lee, Tomiko Hokama, Tsugiko Gima, Lingling Luo, Myongsei Sohn, So Yoon Kim, Shu Fen Kao, Wanhwa Annie Hsieh, Hung Lun Chang, Peter Wu Shou Chang

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Abstract

To examine the perception of nuclear energy risks among Asian university students following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a standardized questionnaire survey was conducted since July 2011 after the Fukushima disaster. A total of 1814 respondents from 18 universities in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan participated in this survey. It showed that students with the following characteristics had a higher preference for "a clear schedule to phase out nuclear power plant (NPP)": females (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] = 1.84, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.44-2.34), in Japan (aOR = 2.81, 95% CI = 2.02-3.90), in China (aOR = 1.48, 95% CI = 1.04-2.09), and with perceived relative risks of cancer incidence greaterthan 1 (aOR = 1.42, 95% CI = 1.07-1.88). "If nuclear energy were phased out," the opinions on potential electricity shortage were as follows: Japan, aOR = 0.53, 95% CI = 0.40-0.69; China, aOR = 2.46, 95% CI = 1.75-3.45; and associated with academic majors (science/technology, aOR = 0.43, 95% CI = 0.31-0.59; medicine/health science, aOR = 0.64, 95% CI = 0.49-0.84). The results carried essential messages for nuclear energy policy in East Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-641
Number of pages11
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 24 2014

Keywords

  • Fukushima
  • Northeast Asia
  • nuclear energy
  • risk perception
  • university student

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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    Ieong, M. C. F., Ho, J. C., Lee, P. C. T., Hokama, T., Gima, T., Luo, L., Sohn, M., Kim, S. Y., Kao, S. F., Hsieh, W. A., Chang, H. L., & Chang, P. W. S. (2014). Risk perception of nuclear power plants among university students in northeast Asia after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 26(6), 631-641. https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539514532491