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An Lesson learned from the consultation activity with community regarding the Mizunami Underground Laboratory Project; From a viewpoint of procedural and distributive justice

Nishio, Kazuhisa*; Osawa, Hideaki 

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has promoted the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (Mizunami URL) as one of generic URL to perform basic research of waste disposal technology for about twenty years. JAEA had carried out consultation activities with local people and community from 1995 when the plan of Mizunami URL opened at the time, because an early approach of JAEA caused a sense of social distrust and concern, which the study area of Mizunami URL would be candidate site of real repository. In this paper, we conducted normative analysis intended for the consultation activities from a viewpoint of procedural justice and distributed justice, used as the social psychological framework in terms of public NIMBY facility. The results show that it is important to develop local partnership, composed of representative local people and organization at early start and to support deliberation by local partnership in the aspect of information and financial administration.

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