Title: Concerning improvement and reform towards a more effective and realisable nuclear liability legal system in Japan

Authors: Hirotoshi Iizuka

Addresses: Japan Energy Law Institute, Tanakayama Building, 7F 4-1-20, Toranomon Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract: Japan is the only country in the world that has ever experienced being attacked by atomic bombs. Japanese people have a special feeling towards nuclear power. Japan has opted for an unlimited liability system, which is regarded as a hospitable one to victims in Japan. Under the existing unlimited liability system in Japan, however, there is a problem that nuclear operators cannot necessarily foresee the probable limit of their risks to owe. In this paper, I want to present problems of the nuclear liability legal system, and proposals for improvement and reform towards more effective and realisable system in Japan.

Keywords: nuclear liability systems; Japan; financial security; nuclear damage; additional funds; nuclear law; nuclear power; nuclear energy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNUCL.2006.010724

International Journal of Nuclear Law, 2006 Vol.1 No.3, pp.219 - 227

Published online: 21 Aug 2006 *

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