Kiyoshi Kurokawa,

Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Distinguished Professor, Tokai University
Former Chairman, the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission

14:00-15:00 Tuesday, March 2, 2021
(The speech and Q & A will be in English.)

Fukushima Ten Years Later  
Nearly a decade ago, Kiyoshi Kurokawa chaired a probe into the Fukushima nuclear plant accident and made headlines around the world when he called it a "profoundly man-made disaster" and one "that could and should have been foreseen and prevented." His role as chairman of the Diet's independent investigation commission was the culmination of a high-profile career as a scientific expert to the establishment, yet he harshly criticized the same establishment in his report. The government and nuclear authorities in Japan, he wrote, "had betrayed the nation's right to be safe from nuclear accidents."

A professor emeritus at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and still one of Japan's busiest commentators on science and health issues, Kurokawa has agreed to return to the FCCJ and look back at the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Has he tempered his criticism in the last decade? What is the status of the Fukushima Daiichi plant’s decommissioning? And with all but a handful of Japan's nuclear reactors still offline, leading to a huge rise in imports of fossil fuels, how did the accident and his report impact Japan's energy plans?    

How to attend: 
Please register at with your name, name of media outlet, FCCJ membership number. Due to space restrictions, please note number of reservations will be limited to 20. Doors open at 13:30. Please sign in your name and contact details at the reception and to have your temperature taken before proceeding. 

How to watch online:  
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How to ask questions: 
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