Disaster in Japan: Nuclear Energy, the Economy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

  • March 18, 2011
  • Christine Parthemore, Daniel Kliman, Patrick M. Cronin
  • Policy Briefs

In Disaster in Japan: Nuclear Energy, the Economy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance, CNAS experts provide their perspectives on three critical areas: America's vital alliance with Japan, the world’s energy future and the Japanese economy.

The U.S.-Japan Alliance. Daniel Kliman suggests there may be a transformation of Japan’s domestic politics, a possible reorientation of Japan’s defense policy including changing attitudes toward the American military presence and new pressures on Japanese defense expenditures.

The World's Energy Future. Christine Parthemore writes, "as Japan’s nuclear energy future is altered, the world’s nuclear energy future will shift as well.” She analyzes whether the crisis will induce a retreat from nuclear energy, if development of next-generation nuclear reactors will accelerate and whether global confidence in Japanese nuclear technology will falter.

The Japanese Economy and Ripple Effects. David Asher and Patrick Cronin write, "The severity of the nuclear meltdown is crucial and may determine whether Japan eventually bounces back to its original economic trajectory or plunges into another deep recession."