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?
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