Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2018

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS)


College of Arts and Sciences


Asia Pacific Studies


This paper addresses the effects of primary – or industrial – modernity on public trust. More specifically, it examines the influence of industrial modernity on Japanese institutions’ handling of critical information pertinent to a nuclear disaster like 3.11 and why the Japanese public’s trust in institutions following these events might weaken. By doing so, this paper attempts to demonstrate that continued adherence to a political and social paradigm based on industrial modernity exacerbates the erosion of trust between a public increasingly wary of risks that cannot be contained, and institutions motivated by social predictability and the perpetuation of existing societal norms.

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