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02/21/2017

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Alec Brazeau

I think that this cultural aspect plays into the Fukushima Daiichi event much more than we give it credit for; thanks for bringing it up! I do think that it is important to keep in mind that while there is an overarching Japanese cultural aspect to this issue, there is also many subcultures and differing values within that overarching one. For example, there are most likely some community members that value equity (the fair treatment of all affected and fair spread of blame) more than efficiency (how fast the clean-up occurs). This is very similar to problem framing as we discussed in Ben's class (a KKK rally from a free speech point of view vs. a public safety one). What I am getting at is that I believe it is important not to lump all of Japan into group because there are most likely differing values within that group.

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