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Location, Location, Location: Selecting Sites for Controversial Facilities

This article uses a Japanese dataset to study site selection for controversial facilities. It finds that those areas which appear to have the weakest local civil society are more often chosen for the construction of nuclear power plants, dams, and airports. A possible explanation for this is the perception that these locations are less likely to resist such projects. It also provides insight into the larger implications of its conclusions, including how this case is relevant to regions outside of Japan.

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