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[Public Program] Rethinking Nuclear Non-Proliferation and the Nuclear Issue


  • Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 5:30-7:15 pm
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Admission: Free (reservations required)
  • Language: English/Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Co-sponsored by Australian National University
Keynote Speaker: Gareth Evans, Chancellor, Australian National University
Rethinking Nuclear Non-Proliferation and the Nuclear Issue
Panelists: Abe Nobuyasu, Director, Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Japan Institute of International Affairs
Non-Proliferation Regime on the Verge of Collapse
  Yoshida Fumihiko, Editorial Board Member, Asahi Shimbun
Nuclear Energy Policy in Japan After the 3/11 Fukushima Nuclear Accident
  (Please note that Mr. Suzuki Tatsujiro, Commissioner, Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), will not be able to attend the symposium. Mr. Yoshida Fumihiko, Editorial Board Member, Asahi Shimbun, will attend instead.)
Moderator: Akashi Yasushi, Chairman, International House of Japan

While there has been substantial progress with nuclear disarmament since the end of the Cold War, the risks of nuclear proliferation and the dangers of the non-peaceful development of nuclear capacity remain high, especially on the Korean peninsula. The experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has made Japan perhaps the most nuclear-sensitive state in the world. The Fukushima disaster caused by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, has raised questions about the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes not only in Japan but in Germany and other parts of the world. What ways forward are there for strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation regime in the face of its fragilities? How does Japan’s experience, in war and with the peaceful use of nuclear energy, play into the global agenda on nuclear nonproliferation and the nuclear energy option in the face of the challenge to develop clean energy? In this forum, we will rethink the nuclear future in the post-3.11 era.

Gareth Evans: Area of specialization is conflict prevention and resolution, arms control and disarmament, human rights and foreign affairs. As Foreign Minister of Australia (1988-96), Evans was best known internationally for his role in developing the UN peace plan for Cambodia.

Abe Nobuyasu: Area of specialization is nuclear disarmament & non-proliferation and diplomatic relations. He is a former United Nations Undersecretary-General for Disarmament (2003-06).

Yoshida Fumihiko: Area of specialization is nuclear issues and human security. Before occupying his current position, he served as correspondent for Asahi Shimbun in Washington and Brussels. His publications include Nuclear Weapons and The United States (Iwanami Shoten, 2009).