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Thursday, December 12, 2013, 12:00 - 14:00

What light can the former PM shed on the future of the anti-nuclear movement in Japan?

Naoto Kan,
Former Prime Minister

Language: The Speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation

While the Democratic Party of Japan may have lost its vigor in the current climate, not former Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Since muddling through the Fukushima disaster during his administration, Kan has gone back to his activist roots. He has energetically evangelized against nuclear power in the U.S. and in Taiwan, got suspended from the DPJ for supporting a non-official candidate during the Upper House elections in July, and most recently has sent plaudits to fellow former PM and Liberal Democratic Party veteran Junichiro Koizumi for Koizumi's dramatic turnaround on the need for nuclear power. "(What Koizumi is saying is) kakkoii", Kan said during a recent speech, describing his former rival with the Japanese word for "cool".

But many in Fukushima, and the nation, have not forgiven the government for the handling of the triple tragedy of 2011 and there is still debate over whether Kan delayed key decisions. With his Party is now in the wilderness and the ruling LDP is flexing its muscles by pushing through such controversial bills as the secrecy bill, what light can the former PM shed on the future of the anti-nuclear movement in Japan? Come and listen.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/non-members is 1,700/2,600 yen; non-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu: oven fried chicken with mustard) Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25.

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