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Overcoming the divisions in the nuclear crisis 
: Connecting the ‘Private/Individual’ and the ‘Fukushima Incident’


【Schedule】Jan. 28(Sat.),29(Sun.)2012
The hall
Jan. 28(Sat.)Art Hall、 29(Sun.)10th Floor, Main Building

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Language】、English(Those with an interpreter)
【Participation fees】No charge (Prior application necessity、Participation is possible on the day.)


International Symposium of the International Peace Research Institute of Meiji Gakuin University (PRIME)

Overcoming the divisions in the nuclear crisis 
: Connecting the ‘Private/Individual’ and the ‘Fukushima Incident’

The severity of the incident has become more and more evident. The impact of large amounts of released radiation on global society in the future is immense, not to mention the damage and harm inflicted on the surrounding area. Under a social structure that has incorporated nuclear energy, every person is affected by this disaster. However, everyone is at the same time inevitably experiencing divisions in society because of the damage and harm caused by the calamity. How can all parties be connected to each other? How can communal spirit  be created? How can a university be involved in this issue? This theme will be examined from various perspectives.

Jan. 28(Sat.)Art Hall

Open 12:30〜
Opening Event【13:00?】 

Session 1: Sharing of information on nuclear disasters and the roles of the government and citizens

Currently, attention is being paid internationally to how Japan responds to the nuclear? crisis and the radioactive contamination. We will take a retrospective glance at the post-3/11 events from the perspective of “information disclosure and sharing” and look toward the future.
Chair: Takao Takahara (member of PRIME)

“A City Subject to Long-term Exposure to Low-Dose Radiation: The Response of the Residents”
Nobuyo Goto (Fukushima Medical University)
“Information Disclosure and Sharing, Within and Across National Borders - Lessons from the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis”
Tatsujiro Suzuki (Atomic Energy Commission of Japan)
“Expanding Information Disclosure: The Roles of Domestic and International Institutions”
Lawrence Repeta (Meiji University)
Commentator: Kinhide Mushanokoji
(Osaka University of Economics and Law / Honorary Member, PRIME)

Cafe-style session【16:15?18:15】
Group discussion with individuals from Fukushima affected by the nuclear disaster.

January 29(Sun.)10th Floor, Main Building

Open 9:45〜

Session 2: Creating ideologies for coping with the nuclear disaster【10:00?12:30】
The disaster caused by the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident will not come to an end immediately. By taking into account the society that created the disaster and its continuing after effects, discussions will be held on ideologies that will help the affected society (both in the present and in the future) to cope with the nuclear disaster.
Chair: Shintaro Namioka (member of PRIME)

“From Ashio to Fukushima: ‘By introducing electricity, the world shall become dark.’”
Masuro Sugai (Kokugakuin University)
“The politics of the nuclear crisis ? linking Fukushima and Minamata”
Akira Kurihara (The Japan Society for Studies of Voluntary Activities)
“A sharing-based society to be constructed after ‘Fukushima’”
Marc Humbert (University of Rennes, France)
Commentator: Akio Igarashi (Rikkyo University)

Session 3: The nuclear crisis and universities
: Can a ‘center of knowledge’ exist? 【14:00?16:30】

The current nuclear crisis is an opportunity to question the ways research and education have been conducted up to today. We will review research, education, and social welfare activities which have been conducted by universities since the nuclear power plant incident. We will also search for a new style of knowledge for the future.
Chair: Kohei Inose (chair of PRIME)

“Efforts made by Fukushima University after 3/11”
Hiroyasu Shioya (Fukushima University)
“Systemization of research on radioactive contamination”
Ryota Koyama (Fukushima University)
“Universities and volunteers after 3/11 ? what did they not attempt to look at?”
Norihiro Nihei (Hosei University)

Symposium summary discussion 【16:45?17:45】
Coordinator: Shigeki Takeo (director of PRIME)

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