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GRIPS-Mansfield Foundation Joint Seminar

“Risk-informed Regulatory Approaches in the U.S.”

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Time: 12:10-13:30

Venue: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) 

1st Floor, Meeting Room 1AB

Speaker:      Tony Nakanishi (Mansfield Fellow)

                     Risk Analyst, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Moderator:    Hisanori Nei, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)       

Description:  Tony Nakanishi, a Risk Analyst at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC), will provide an overview of risk-informed, performance based regulations and reactor oversight in the United States. Mr. Nakanishi will describe probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) and risk-informed decision making, and provide examples of how these processes have benefited the public, nuclear plant operators, and regulators. Drawing from his experiences working at the USNRC and his time as a Mansfield Fellow, Mr. Nakanishi will offer personal observations regarding U.S.-Japan collaboration to advance risk-informed decision making in Japan. As a member of USNRCs initial response team to the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident, Mr. Nakanishi will also briefly discuss his personal experiences with the USNRCs response.
Hisanori Nei, a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, will serve as a moderator for the event. He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1981. After returning from Iraq at the time of the Iraq War in 2003, he served as a director of Nuclear Power Inspection, Petroleum Refining, and Middle East Affairs at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). When the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, he was the Deputy Director General for Nuclear Fuel Cycle Safety at Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) of METI. He worked as the single partner with the US delegate mainly composed of NRC staffs, of which the speaker was also a part. He was assigned as a Councillor, Cabinet Secretariat working on the response to the Nuclear Accident. He joined GRIPS in 2014 as a professor.

*Language: English

*Admission Free

*Please bring your own lunch.

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* This seminar will be off the record.

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