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Wednesday, October 08, 2014, 12:00 - 13:30

Power Outage: How Can Japan Safely Restart Its Nuclear Energy Program Post-Fukushima?
Charles Casto
Former NRC Administrator
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

 The Fukushima nuclear crisis has generated unprecedented challenges to Japan's energy policy in the modern era. With Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant in cold shutdown, and the 48 other reactors offline in the aftermath of the nuclear meltdowns, the future of nuclear energy in Japan remains uncertain. Facing widespread public concern, the scrutiny of Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority and international critics, the reactors restarts face a number of hurdles that must be overcome to instill public confidence and garner sufficient political support to effectively engage the difficult task of reconceiving the nuclear culture in Japan.

 This special event will feature Dr. Charles "Chuck" Casto, a former U.S. nuclear industry administrator who led the integrated US Government and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) efforts in Japan during the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011. Working directly with the U.S. Ambassador Roos, and coordinating with the NRC's Emergency Operations Center in the United States, he represented the American government to Japan.

 Casto will discuss his experiences working crisis management during the dramatic early days of the Fukushima disaster, and his efforts to liaise with TEPCO and the Japanese government. He was uniquely positioned to offer his insight to the workings of the Fukushima reactors, and worked closely with Daiichi plant manager Masao Yoshida, and consulted with members of the Japanese government' crisis management team, including Prime Minister Naoto Kan himself.

 In the aftermath of the Japan nuclear disaster, having participated in the scrutiny of his own government's actions during the Japan crisis in "lessons-learned" reports and intra-agency initiatives to incorporate these lessons into developing more rigorous safety standards in the American nuclear industry, Casto has considerable insight as to how Japan may conceive of a functional "roadmap" for nuclear safety in Japan. He will address how a culture of safety may be developed in Japan that incorporates community concerns, recognizes the contributions that nuclear power may provide to Japan's energy needs and understands the necessity of a rigorous regulatory structure with proper governmental oversight, so that a functional system can be constructed in which nuclear energy is viable in Japan.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website(still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/members' guest is 1,750/2,700 yen; non-members including guest-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu:.) 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.

 *Working Pressは1時間、Associate, non-memberは24時間以内のキャンセルはフルチャージとなりますのでご注意ください。なおキャンセルは電話でのみ承ります。

Professional Activities Committee

Oct 08 14 PL Charles Casto019



*Photo credit: Anthony Stalcup, Kennesaw State University
 Design credit: Diana Banes, Kennesaw State University 


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