Social movements, Japan`s anti-nuclear movement, foreign and security policy of Japan
Working Title: The Japanese Anti-nuclear Movement after Fukushima
The Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in March 2011 has triggered anti-nuclear protests all over Japan. Based on Sidney Tarrow’s theoretical model of cycles of contention of social movements, this dissertation takes a close look on the mobilization phase of the anti-nuclear movement in Japan after Fukushima. Here, the focus of interest is the process of the diffusion of protest. To this aim, a protest event analysis gives an overview of the extent as well as the geographical distribution of the protests while a qualitative network analysis looks behind these factual data and allows an insight into the perceptions of movement actors concerning the development of network structures that contributed to the diffusion of protest.