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This Week's Update - A year from the Great East Japan Earthquake - Reconsidering Nuclear Power (12th March, 2012)

GEPR Editorial staffs

One year has passed from March 11th, since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Reconstructions are progressing gradually. However, the nuclear accident have continued to affect Japanese society.

GEPR introduce opinions on energy issues from various viewpoints, whatever the standpoints maybe, if we consider it is appropriate and meaningful to society. We also welcome opinions on nuclear power, both in favor and of opposition.

This Week’s Column

1)Mr. Paul Blustein, an author and former Tokyo correspondent of the Washington Post, contributed a column ”Rise Up, JAPAN, and Demand Your Area’s Share of Tohoku Debris” (Japanese translation coming soon). He appeals that Japanese citizens should act in order to urgently resolve the problems of Tohoku debris.

2)Professor Kiminori Itoh, Yokohama National University, contributed a column ”Reconsidering Nuclear Power – From the viewpoint of risks, costs, and global warming.“ He questions the estimate which underestimates the risks and suggests that nuclear power plants are inexpensive. Also, he introduces a study that possibility of the connections between the global warming and solar activity is more closer than it have been thought, which Prof. Itoh is examining interdisciplinary with meteorologist.

Nuclear power plants have been considered a key to stop the global warming, because it does not emit carbon dioxide. This column is an objection from a scholar (English Translation coming soon).

3)GEPR editorial staffs contributed a column “How not to be fooled by incorrect information which seem to be scientifically correct at a first glance – Facing confusion over radioactivity after Fukushima”(English translation coming soon). It was written by a scientist who cooperates with GEPR.

It presents a view to people how not to be fooled by: asserting the source and authority of scientific findings; verify data on your own; and by examining how conclusions and opinions are reached from the data.

This Week’s Report

1)We introduce ”America’s Energy Future” by American Energy Council. It is a long report with 5 chapters.

It expects for innovation and technology development in the field of clean energy with the federal government’s support.

2)Prof. Wade Allison , Emeritus Professor of the University of Oxford, published a report “Public Trust in Nuclear Energy:PDF” . He has contributed a column for GEPR “Facing the Facts About Nuclear Radiation ― Is it really so harmful?

He points out that excessive fear for nuclear power had spread under the Cold War structure and emphasizes the necessity to face radiation rationally.

3)Rebuilt Japan Initiative Foundation, a civil research institute published a “Investigation and Verification report - Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, ”. It’s abstract “Fukushima in Review: A complex disaster, a disastrous response” is open to public on the web of the Bulletin of the Atomic scientists.


Is Fukushima Dangerous? -- Distorted images of Japan - Morley Robertson × Nobuo Ikeda

What's happen? What was the cause in Fukushima? Morley Robertson, writer and DJ, talk about distorted images of Japan after Fukushima nuclear plant accident with Nobuo Ikeda.

21st Century Energy Challenges

At the ARPA-E 2012 summit, Bill Gates and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the largest energy challenges of the 21st century in the U.S. and around the world.

A Web-TV Program "Is radiation really so harmful? Considering risks of nuclear power generation" (Japanese only)

Agora Institute, who operates GEPR, broadcasted a Web-TV program "Is radiation really so harmful? Considering risks of nuclear power generation" on internet video streaming channel "Niconico Live " on January 19th (in Japanese only) . Nobuo Ikeda, President of Agora Incorporated, and three experts on radiation, risk analysis, and energy policy discussed about the situations after Fukushima nuclear accident. Their opinions were consistent that potentiality of health damage caused by the Fukushima accident is very small. GEPR will provide a summary about this program soon.


Agora Inc., who operates GEPR, releases a podcast program which was originally aired on Jan. 19th, 2012on internet video streaming channel "Nico-nico Live"; "Is radiation really so harmful? Considering risks of nuclear power generation" (Japanese only) The panel: Nobuo Ikeda, Akihiro Sawa, Jun Takada, and Hiroyuki Matsuda