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Opening Message − Our Mission

What is GEPR?

GEPR (Global Energy Policy Research) is a “virtual think tank” on web, a research institute that aims to study energy policies deeply and impartially, and make a proposal to the society. The institute is operated by Agora Incorporated ( Tokyo), conducting research and survey on energy issues, provide information on internet, hold symposiums, create proposals, and publication of books.

Aims of GEPR

GEPR aims to create a place for high quality debate, where experts and citizens of the world with various standpoints can discuss. This site has mainly two functions; contribution by experts on energy issues, and database of important information. This discussion, we believe, will provide an important tip when considering the future of energy issues of Japan, and of the world.

Japan faced tragedies, the East Japan Earthquake of March 11th 2011, which followed by the accident at the nuclear power plant owned by the Tokyo Electronic Power Company (TEPCO), in Fukushima. Failure of power facilities in stricken areas resulted in energy source shortage of electricity, gasoline and so on in stricken area and entire east Japan. Rights and wrongs of nuclear power generation and implementation of renewable energy as alternatives had been actively discussed.

Hence, Japan is been forced to approach a solution on various issues such as overcoming vulnerability of energy supply system, introduction of renewable energy, safety of nuclear energy and so on. What is necessary here, are accurate and meaningful information. GEPR hopes to be the place for accumulation of this information. We believe the experience of Japan would be useful when other countries facing energy related problems need to solve those issues.

We hope for and appreciate your cooperation and support.

NOBUO IKEDA, President of Agora Incorporated


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