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Thursday, November 27, 2014, 12:00 - 14:00

Energy Panel Discussion
Tomas Kåberger
Executive Board of Chair, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation
Tom O’Sullivan
Founder & Director of Mathyos
Nobuo Tanaka
Former Executive Director, The International Energy Agency (IEA)
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

  Nearly four years after an earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima meltdowns, Japan is moving toward a nuclear energy comeback. The city assembly of Satsuma-Sendai has voted to fire up two reactors in the Sendai power plant, and the local prefectural government approved that decision on November 7th. Analysts say the plant, 600 miles southwest of Tokyo, could be back online by early next year. That will cheer its operator, Kyushu Electric Power Co. but deepen the country's divide over
atomic power.

 Japan's government desperately wants to put at least some of the country's 48 operable reactors back to work to cut its huge bill for imported fuel. Tougher safety rules by the Nuclear Regulation Authority are supposed to have restored public faith shattered by Fukushima. But local towns and cities inside the probable fallout zone from a nuclear accident have been hard to convince. Several local communities have demanded the reactors be kept offline.

 Polls suggest most Japanese are still opposed to nuclear power. A string of lawsuits has been launched against nuclear plants in an attempt to block restarts. But Japan's government and many experts insist that nuclear power must be part of the nation's energy mix if Japan is to recalibrate its balance of payments and meet its commitments to cutting greenhouse gases.

 The FCCJ has invited three experts to debate Japan's nuclear conundrum. Tom O'Sullivan is a specialist in the international energy sector with a main focus on North East Asia, especially Japan. His company Mathyos advises global companies on strategy and international issues including cross-border investments.

 Tomas Kaberger is chairman of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation and a professor of industrial energy policy at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. He chairs the industrial European Biofuel Technology Platform.

 Nobuo Tanaka is global associate for Energy security and sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan. He is also a professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo. He has extensive national government and international experience in the fields of energy, trade and innovation and was executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to 2011. Come along and hear what they have to say on this key issue.

 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: baked chicken with mustard crumbs.) 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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 Tomas Kåberger               Tom O'sullivan               Nobuo Tanaka



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