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Saturday, April 25, 2015, 15:00 - 16:00

"The Trouble with Nuclear Power"
Hiroaki Koide
Former Assistant Professor of Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

 With the first two of Japan's idled nuclear power plants likely to restart within months, Japan's anti-nuclear movement seems to have run out of steam. The weekly protests that once drew tens of thousands to the Prime Minister's Residence dwindled and ceased. Despite opinion polls still showing that a majority of Japan's citizens want to end the use of nuclear power, the pro-nuclear Liberal Democratic Party strengthened its grip on power in last December's general election and is pushing ahead with plans for restarting reactors.

 But criticism of nuclear power continues. And Hiroaki Koide, one of Japan's most persistent and knowledgeable anti-nuclear activists, will be coming to the FCCJ to explain why Japan can and should renounce the use of nuclear power.

 Born in Tokyo, Koide studied nuclear engineering at Tohoku University. He says that at first he dreamed of the peaceful use of nuclear energy but later realized his dream was a mistake. From his position as an assistant professor at Kyoto University's Research Reactor Institute, he became one of Japan's most strident critics of nuclear power. Koide retired at the end of March. But at a retirement party earlier this year, he assured supporters, "I won't be backing down." In addition to speaking widely, Koide is the author of 20 books, including the best-selling Genpatsu no uso (The Lie of Nuclear Power).

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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