The Great East Japan Earthquake – Innovating for the Future

  • 18 Nov 2011
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • ASEAN Auditorium, The Fletcher School 160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Japan Roundtable 2011
The Great East Japan Earthquake

Innovating for the Future

November 18, 2011  13:00 – 17:00

Registration Requested


ASEAN Auditorium, The Fletcher School
160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

    Moderator - Carolyn Gideon
Assistant Professor of International
Communication and Technology Policy

     The Fletcher School
     (Key Note Speech)
     Partha Ghosh,
     Visiting Professor of Strategic & Innovation Management, The Fletcher School
     Kotaro Tamura, Senior Fellow, Rand Corporation
     John Yoshinari, Chief Operating Officer, GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
     Bruce Everett, Associate Professor of Int. Business
     The Fletcher School
     James Platte, Ph.D. Candidate, The Fletcher School
     Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow,
The Harvard Kennedy School

(Panel Discussion)

     Facilitator:Partha Ghosh
     Panelists:  Kotaro Tamura
John Yoshinari

Bruce Everett

(More participants will be announced)

Light refreshments will be served

Event Concept

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, March 11, 2011, devastated East Japan and its economy. We lost more than 15 thousands people due to the disaster and still many people are missing.  Even worse, the accident of nuclear power plant, Fukushima Daiichi, hit its energy supply and economy, damaging people’s livelihood and the environment of the region. Since Japan’s natural resources is very scarce,  nuclear energy has been important pillar for energy supply as well as its economy. After the earthquake, Japan has tackled big challenges, including responses to the accident of the nuclear power plant,  energy supply shortage issue and reconstruction of economy.  Now Japan has to design mid and long-term strategy of energy and economy for shaping the future of the country.  In this round table, we will review the nuclear accident and past nuclear policy and discuss challenges of the future energy and economy of Japan and how it can realize reconstruction and further development under many constraints.


    Japanese policy on nuclear energy before the disaster and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident

    Impact of the accident on nuclear power policy in Japan and countries that have nuclear power plants

    Future energy structure in Japan under constraints imposed by the disaster

    Challenges and political leadership for reconstruction of Japanese economy and industry

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