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Conference "Energy Policy in Japan: Before and After Fukushima" will be held on November 26.


March 11, 2011 saw northeastern Japan hit with a record magnitude 9 earthquake and an enormous tsunami. Several nuclear reactors in Fukushima were inundated and went into meltdown. The subsequent and continuing crisis has exposed the fragility of Japan's electrical power system, and delivered a severe shock to the heart of the Japanese economy. The earthquake hit not only Japan but also its energy policy.

This international conference will examine, from comparative perspectives, the current context of Japan's energy policy. We seek to understand the political and economic forces that brought the energy policy into being, its impact, how it is being rethought, and its international effects. We also want to examine the likely direction of the future. This conference is therefore composed of three panels, focusing sequentially on the recent past, the present and the future. The conference brings together international expertise to examine the political economy of Japan's energy problem, in a collaborative effort to learn from this crisis both for the benefit of Japan as well as the larger global community.

Date/Time November 26, 2011, 9:30-18:00
Place Rikkyo University, Tokyo, 7th bldg. Room7102
Panel 1 [The Past] 10:00-12:00
Presenter: Kodama Tatsuhiko, University of Tokyo: “The Victims of the Nuclear Incident”
Presenter: Yoshioka Hitoshi, Kyushu University: “The Structure of Japan’s Nuclear Policymaking”
Presenter: Kaneko Masaru, Keio University: “The Post-Fukushima Struggle over Energy Policy”
Commentator: Martin Schultz, Fujitsu Research
Panel 2 [The Present] 13:00-15:00
Presenter: Guo Xiaobing, Institute of Contemporary International Relations: “A Chinese Perspective on the Implications for Nuclear Energy”
Presenter: Yu Jung-min, Korea University / Energy and Climate Policy Institute for Just Transition: “A Korean Perspective on the Future of Nuclear Energy”
Presenter: Andrew DeWit, Rikkyo University: “The Political Economy of Smart Power and Smart Cities”
Commentator: Miranda Schreurs, Berlin Free University
Panel3 [The Future] 15:30-17:30
Presenter: Yamashita Noriaki, ISEP: “Japan’s Rural and Urban Boom in Renewables”
Presenter: Martin Schultz, Fujitsu Research: “Energy Productivity: Gains from Breaking up Japan's Closed Energy Market”
Presenter: Ohbayashi Mika, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation: “Fukushima’s Legacy: A Sustainable Energy Society”
Presenter: Miranda Schreurs, Berlin Free University: “Fukushima’s Influence on Germany and the World”
Commentator: Kaneko Masaru, Keio University
Rikkyo University Research Institute of Economic.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Tokyo Office.
Language English and Japanese (with simultaneous translation)
Registration and inquiries Advanced registration is required.
If you would like to attend the event, please sign up in advance e-mail us at by 5:00 p.m. Friday 26 November

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