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This Week’s Update (February 27, 2013)

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1) “Failure of Abenomix with burden of energy cost? – Report on Agora channel” (Japanese only). GEPR’s body Agora now broadcasts Agora Channel (in Japanese) every Friday evening from 21:00 on net TV. On February 22, inviting Kazuo Ishikawa, former METI, Nobuo Ikeda, president of Agora Inc. discussed current energy policy. Due to recognition of active fault by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, electric power companies have fallen into financial crisis. The LDP administration does not seem to touch nuclear issue until the next Upper House election is over, so that not to cause friction. However, this could have significant adverse effect to overall economy, and top priority of the administration “Economic reform with Abenomics” could fail.

2) “A book review: ‘How to proceed Electric Power System Reform’ by Tatsuo Hatta – Gaps between theory and reality” (in Japanese) by Policy study group for electric power industry reform, an article from IEEI. Although it affirms the idea of the book, reflection of price mechanism into the electric power system, it states that there are few concrete examples that achieved this.

This Week’s Links

1) ”JAPCO Avoids Fund Shortage – major electric power co. continues support” (in Japanese). An article by Nikkei on February 23. JAPCO (the Japan Atomic Power Company) who administrate 3 nuclear power stations is in financial crisis due to the halt of its operation. Electric power companies intend to continue their support.

2) “Realistically employ safety standards and protect national interest” (in Japanese) an article by the Sankei Shimbun, February 21, 2013.

This is a contribution by Prof. Hajimu Yamana, Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University. Regarding the safety standard which the Nuclear Regulation Authority is aiming to decide in July, he questions there is no discussion with the enterprises who is to comply with nor realistically be employing.



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