Upcoming event: U.S.-Japan Nuclear Working Group

May 14, 2012


U.S.-Japan Nuclear Working Group

“New Normal for Nuclear Energy in Japan:
Post-Fukushima Implications for Japan-U.S. Nuclear Priorities”

Thursday, May 24, 2012

4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

2nd Floor Conference Hall A-B, Nippon Foundation Building, 1-2-2 Akasaka

Japan and the U.S. have historically enjoyed close cooperation on nuclear issues that reflect shared national interests in areas such as global security and nonproliferation, energy security, regulatory standards, and commercial opportunities. In the aftermath of the tragic accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, however, popular and political attention has focused on near-term concerns amidst a vigorous and ideologically charged Japanese energy policy debate. Long-term strategic interests at the center of Japan–U.S. nuclear collaboration have received less attention.

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, in collaboration with the Federation of American Scientists and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, has convened the U.S.-Japan Nuclear Working Group, a balanced, bilateral forum for discussing our broader national nuclear-related interests in the context of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Over four meetings, this group aims to identify those areas where the disaster has presented challenges to shared Japanese and American interests, and where it has opened the possibility for enhanced bilateral collaboration.

Please join members of the U.S.-Japan Nuclear Working Group as they conclude their second meeting with a public panel discussion at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo. Working Group members will share their reflections on their own work in the context of Japan’s ongoing policy deliberations on a post-Fukushima energy strategy, and they will take questions from the audience in an effort to more fully understand the perspective of the Japanese public.


4:30 – 4:50 p.m.      Welcome/Project Overview

  • L. Gordon Flake, Executive Director, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
  • Junko Chano, Executive Director, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

4:50 – 6:15 p.m.      Panel Discussion:

Reflections and Working Conclusions from Working Group Members

Moderator: Charles Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists

  • Nobumasa Akiyama, Associate Professor, Hitotsubashi University & Adjunct Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)
    • Masakatsu Ota, Senior & Editorial Writer, Kyodo News (invited)
  • Thomas Sanders, Associate Laboratory Director for Clean Energy Initiatives, Savannah River National Laboratory; Former President, American Nuclear Society
  • Sharon Squassoni, Director and Senior Fellow, Proliferation Prevention Program, CSIS
  • Nobuo Tanaka, Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency

6:15 – 7:00 p.m.      Public Question and Answer Period

  • Admission free; simultaneous translation available
  • Please RSVP (with your name, affiliation, phone number) to tokyoadmin@mansfieldfdn.org
  • Upon reaching capacity, registration will be closed.

For the printable pdf version, please see here.

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