Climate Change Governance and Media : Media Exposure , Public Opinion and “the Most Important Issues,” By the Japanese Public
In addition to the earthquake and climate change, the perceived importance of the national and global economic situation also changed over time. During our survey period, the world experienced a serious economic crisis after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. These events with global impacts clearly revealed the environment–economy trade-off. After the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, Japan’s economic situation worsened. However, the nuclear accident at the Fukushima plant forced the Japanese people to think about energy issues, which are closely connected to climate change mitigation.