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Nanzan University Institute for Social Ethics 2012 Colloquium Series: Questions in Light of 3/11
Notice Regarding the Hosting of the 5th Colloquium

June 11, 2012

Residents of Japan have been greatly impacted by the events of March 11, 2011, including the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent issues at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors. In the wake of 3/11, many are questioning and reevaluating the state of society, their way of life and the values that underlie and support these facets of life in Japan. When considering this line of thinking, can we name some of the questions that people are asking themselves? What are the actual issues on our minds? Is there some new way that can be found to resolve these problems? In this colloquium series we are inviting researchers from many different fields with perspectives on science and technology, energy and rebuilding in our post 3/11 Japan.

[ Date/time ] Saturday July 7, 2012, from 3:00 p.m.
[ Venue ] R31, 3F, Building R, Nagoya Campus, Nanzan University
[ Speaker ] Hitoshi Yoshioka
(Professor, Kyushu University Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies ; Member, Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations )
[ Topic ] The State of Denuclearization Policies
[ Summary ]

Nuclear energy is an excellent energy resource meeting criteria including not only safety, but also stable supply, environmental preservation, and rational economics. Because of this, the existing nuclear power policy framework was based on the government taking the lead in expansion through cooperation between public and private sectors. With the Fukushima incident, the very foundation for nuclear progress fell apart.
On the other hand, until March 11, 2011, Japanese society had come to rely on nuclear power accounting for a tenth of primary energy sources and thirty percent of electric power supply. Drastic and rapid change of this direction is not a matter of just flipping a switch.
To go forward with denuclearization, we must consider the road ahead and not merely the destination. In this report we will look at the consequences of denuclearization.

[ Inquiries ] Nanzan University Institute for Social Ethics
18 Yamazato-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya City 466-8673
Phone: 052-832-3111
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E-mail:ise-office@ic.nanzan-u.ac.jp