The 54th JAIF Annual Conference has officially ended.

The conference video recordings will be available around mid-May.

Japan and the World under the COVID-19 Pandemic - Environmental and Energy Issues & Nuclear Power


Japan and the World under the COVID-19 Pandemic - Environmental and Energy Issues & Nuclear Power

Conditions affecting energy and nuclear power are highly uncertain. Issues include substantial drop in GDP and energy demand caused by global stagnation of economic activities triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic; the need, after restarting economic activities in either a with-corona or post-corona world, for the simultaneous achievement of a sustainable recovery and reduction of CO2 emissions.

The 54th annual conference will look at some of the key issues that people are facing around the world: changing global and economic conditions, climate change and energy including the use of nuclear power, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, etc. It will also address desired Japanese policies on energy and nuclear businesses in the context of the Sixth Strategic Energy Plan, on which Japan has commenced discussions. The opportunity will also be taken to look at the current decommissioning state at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and to view the reconstruction of Fukushima ten years after the nuclear accident.


Tuesday, 13th April

Global issues people are facing, including COVID-19


Opening Session

  • <Special Session>
  • [Video Message]
  • Rafael Mariano GROSSI, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • [Presentation]
  • KAKU Kouzou, Historian/Writer
  • [Interview]
  • John J. HAMRE, President and CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)



Session 1

Global Challenges Toward a Decarbonized Society
  • <Panel Discussion>
  • [Moderator]
  • ARIMA Jun, Project Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo
  • [Panelists]
  • Laszlo VARRO, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Michel BERTHELEMY, Nuclear Energy Analyst, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
  • Sama BILBAO Y LEON, Director General, World Nuclear Association (WNA)
  • AKIMOTO Keigo, Group Leader/Chief Researcher, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
  • KOMIYAMA Ryoichi, Associate Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Wednesday, 14th April

Issues in energy and nuclear power in Japan hereafter


Session 2

Onward in the Reconstruction of Fukushima
  • <Report>
  • Current State and Challenges at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
  • ONO Akira, Managing Executive Officer, Chief Decommissioning Officer, President of Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
  • <Discussion>
  • 10 years after the Earthquake, Toward the Future of Fukushima
  • [Moderator]
  • William D.Y. MCMICHAEL, Deputy Director, International Center, Fukushima University
  • [Panelists]
  • WADA Tomoyuki, CEO, Odaka Workers Base
  • HENMI Tamami, Futaba Future Meeting, Futaba Information Center
  • MAEKAWA Naoya, Director and Executive Secretary, Fukushima Manabi-no Network
Koto Performance by a young musician from Futaba Town, Fukushima Prefecture

Session 3

The Energy Vision Japan Needs
  • <Panel Discussion>
  • [Moderator]
  • ICHIKAWA Shinichi, President, Strategic Associates Japan Co., LTD.
  • [Panelists]
  • Scott FOSTER, Director, Sustainable Energy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Tim STONE, Chairman, Nuclear Industry Association (NIA)
  • Carol BERRIGAN, Senior Director, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
  • OCHI Hitoshi, Vice Chair/Chair, Committee on Energy and Resources, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
  • ENDO Noriko, Project Professor, Global Research Institute, Keio University

*The programme is subject to change.
Detailed program including speaker profiles and presentation materials will be available to registered participants via “My Page”.
*Advance registration is required.
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Tuesday, 13th April
Opening Session 13:30 - 15:40
  • ■Remarks
  • IMAI Takashi
    Chairman, Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Inc. (JAIF)
  •  ▶︎ Profile
Takashi Imai
Chairman, Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Inc. (JAIF)
Mar. 1952 LL.B., Faculty of Law, The University of Tokyo
Professional Career
Apr. 1952 Joined Fuji Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.
Mar. 1970 Deputy General Manager, Fuel & Ferrous Materials Dept., Nippon Steel Corporation (merger of Fuji Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. and Yawata Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.)
Jun. 1981 Director, Member of the Board
Jun. 1983 Managing Director, Member of the Board
Jun. 1989 Representative Director and Executive Vice President
Jun. 1993 Representative Director and President
Apr. 1998 Representative Director & Chairman of the Board of Directors
Apr. 2003 Honorary Chairman, Director and Senior Advisor
Jun. 2003 Senior Advisor, Honorary Chairman
Oct. 2012 Honorary Chairman, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (merger of Nippon Steel Corporation and Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd.)
Apr. 2019 Honorary Chairman, Nippon Steel Corporation (Change of trade name to Nippon Steel Corporation from Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation)
Ex-officio Positions
May 1998 ‒ May 2002 Chairman, KEIDANREN
(Japan Federation of Economic Organizations)
May 2002 ‒ Present Honorary Chairman, NIPPON KEIDANREN
(Japan Business Federation)
Jun. 2006 ‒ Present Chairman, JAIF
  • ■Greetings
  • NAGASAKA Yasumasa
    State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
  •  ▶︎ Profile

State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

Date of birth: April 10, 1957
Place of birth: Aichi Prefecture

Education and career

1980 Graduated from College of Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University.
Served as Secretary to Mr. KAIFU Toshiki, a member of the House of Representatives.
1989 Served as Executive Secretary to the Prime Minister (Cabinet Secretariat Researcher).
1994 First elected as a member of the Aichi Prefectural Assembly (following this, reelected six times consecutively).
2007 Served as Chairman, Association of Members of the Aichi Prefectural Assembly, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan.
2009-2010 Served as Secretary-General, LDP in Aichi Prefecture.
2012 First elected as a member of the House of Representatives (Aichi 9th District). (Re-elected in 2014, 2017. Now serving his 3rd term)
2016 Belonged to the following committees, House of Representatives -
The Budget Committee;
The Committee on Internal Affairs and Communications;
The Special Committee on Disasters; and
The Special Committee on Political Ethics and Election Law.
Served in the following senior posts of the LDP -
Member of the Diet Affairs Committee;
Deputy Director of the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Division; Deputy Director of the Internal Affairs and Communications Division;
Deputy Secretary of the International Bureau; and
Member of the Party Organization and Interest Group Policy Division.
2017 Appointed Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Cabinet Office, and Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Reconstruction.
2017 Appointed Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Cabinet Office, and Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Reconstruction (3rd Reshuffled, 3rd Abe Cabinet).
2017 Appointed Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Cabinet Office, and Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Reconstruction (4th Abe Cabinet) .
2019 Belonged to the following committees, House of Representatives -
The Committee on Cabinet (Director);
The Committee on Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism;
The Special Committee on Regional Revitalization; and
The Special Committee on Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Served in the following senior post of the LDP -
Acting Director, Agriculture and Forestry Division.
2020 Currently serving as State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.
  • ■Greetings & Presentation
  • UESAKA Mitsuru
    Chairman, Japan Atomic Energy Commission
  •  ▶︎ Profile

Dr. UESAKA, Mitsuru
Chairman of Japan Atomic Energy Commission

Dr. UESAKA, Mitsuru, was appointed as the Chairman on December 16th, 2020, for three year term.

Prior to the appointment as the Chairman of the Commission, he had been a professor at the University of Tokyo, specializing in nuclear science, engineering and management. He had been engaged in the researches on quantum beam engineering, advanced accelerator development and application to cancer inspection and therapy, nuclear material analysis, construction on-site radio inspection, table-top laser dielectric accelerator development for radiation biology and production of nuclear medicine. He entered academia as an associate professor at the University of Tokyo in 1991, after working as an engineer at IHI Corporation.

He was the President of the Atomic Energy society of Japan (AESJ) from 2016 to 2018, the Chairperson of the Panel on Advanced and Novel Accelerators at the International Committee for Future Accelerator (ICFA) from 2007 to 2013, the Chair of the executive committee of the Japan-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School from 2011 to 2019, a member of the International Nuclear Management Academy (INMA) of the IAEA from 2013 to 2019, and an expert member of the Council for Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) from 2007 to 2019.

He obtained his Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Engineering from the University of Tokyo.


  • ■Video Message
  • Rafael Mariano GROSSI
    Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  •  ▶︎ Profile

Rafael Mariano Grossi

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi assumed office on 3 December 2019.

Mr Grossi is a diplomat with over 35 years of experience in the field of non- proliferation and disarmament. In 2013, he was appointed Ambassador of Argentina to Austria and Argentine Representative to the IAEA and other Vienna-based International Organizations.

In 2019, Mr Grossi acted as President Designate of the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and from 2014 to 2016 he served as president of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, where he was the first president to serve two successive terms. In 2015, he presided over the Diplomatic Conference of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, securing unanimous approval for the Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety – a milestone in international efforts in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

From 2010 to 2013, he served as Assistant Director General for Policy and Chief of Cabinet at the IAEA. Previously, he held several senior positions in the Argentine Foreign Service, including as Political Affairs Director General from 2007 to 2009.

Mr Grossi was Chief of Cabinet at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague from 2002 to 2007. Prior to this, he held several positions within the Argentine Foreign Ministry after joining in 1985, including Chief of Embassy in Belgium and Luxembourg from 1998 to 2002, and Argentine representative to NATO from 1998 to 2001 and Argentine Alternate Representative to the Conference of Disarmament in Geneva. Ambassador Grossi led several UN Groups of Governmental Experts on Conventional Arms.

Since 2017, Mr Grossi has been an International Gender Champion, promoting gender balance in the nuclear field.

Born in 1961, Mr Grossi is married and has eight children.

Kouzou Kaku

Born in Osaka in 1958. Graduated from Nara University’s Faculty of Letters Department of History in 1981. After working as a researcher at the Nara University Faculty of Letters, he currently writes works as a historian/author that are based on his unique historical perspective, while lecturing at universities and companies.

Editorial board member at “Rekishi Kenkyu (Historical Research).” Lecturer at the Naigai Jyosei Chosakai (Research Institute of Japan). Instructor at the Institute for Small Business Management and Technology. Instructor at Seikei Konwa-kai (Politics and Economics Discussion Group).

His numerous written works include “Studies of master-disciple relationship at the end of the Edo period” (Tankosha 2021), “Muneshige Tachibana” (Chuokoron-Shinsha 2021), “Learning from history: A theory of self-renewal [new edition]” (Ronsosha 2020), “Japanese history of paper money” (Kadokawa 2019), “The Genius Mitsuhide and the High King Nobunaga” (Sakura-sha 2019), “Studies of failure in history” (Nikkei BP 2019), “Learn from Japanese history for writing that grabs the heart” (CrossMedia Publishing 2019), “The conceptual power of Hisoka Maejima who gave shape to the philosophy of the Meiji Restoration” (Tsuchiya Shoten 2019).

Recently, the RKB Radio special program “Kozo Kaku made a historical drama in Yanagawa,” which is about Muneshige Tachibana, the first feudal lord of Yanagawa, was awarded the 57th Galaxy Award for outstanding radio program.

17th Soke of Togun-ryu school of Kenjutsu (Japanese sword-fighting). Taisharyu Kenjutsu full license. Aikido 4th dan level.
  • ■Interview
  • John J. HAMRE
    President and CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  •  ▶︎ Profile

Dr. John J. Hamre
President and CEO and Langone Chair in American Leadership
CSIS, Center for Strategic and International Studies

John Hamre was elected president and CEO of CSIS in January 2000. Before joining CSIS, he served as the 26th U.S. deputy secretary of defense. Prior to holding that post, he was the under secretary of defense (comptroller) from 1993 to 1997. As comptroller, Dr. Hamre was the principal assistant to the secretary of defense for the preparation, presentation, and execution of the defense budget and management improvement programs. In 2007, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Dr. Hamre to serve as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, and he served in that capacity for four secretaries of defense.

Before serving in the Department of Defense, Dr. Hamre worked for 10 years as a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. During that time, he was primarily responsible for the oversight and evaluation of procurement, research, and development programs, defense budget issues, and relations with the Senate Appropriations Committee. From 1978 to 1984, Dr. Hamre served in the Congressional Budget Office, where he became its deputy assistant director for national security and international affairs. In that position, he oversaw analysis and other support for committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Dr. Hamre received his Ph.D., with distinction, in 1978 from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where his studies focused on international politics and economics and U.S. foreign policy. In 1972, he received his B.A., with high distinction, from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, emphasizing political science and economics. The following year he studied as a Rockefeller fellow at the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Session 1 16:00 - 18:00 “Global Challenges Toward a Decarbonized Society”
  • ■Moderator
  • ARIMA Jun
    Project Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo
  •  ▶︎ Profile


Education: University of Tokyo (graduated in 1982, Bachelor in Economics)

Career History
1982 Joined MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry)
1996-1999: Counsellor, Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD (Energy Advisor)
1999-2000: Director, Energy Efficiency Policy Coordination, New Energy Policy Coordination, Energy and Environment Office, ANRE (Agency of Natural Resources and Energy), MITI
2001-2002: Director, International Energy Strategy, ANRE/METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
2002-2006: Head, Country Studies Division, IEA (International Energy Agency)
2006-2007: Director, International Affairs Division, ANRE/METI
2007-2008: Counsellor, International Energy Negotiation, ANRE/METI
2008-2011: Deputy Director General for Global Environmental Affairs, METI
2011-2015: Director General, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) London
2015-Current:  Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo
Project Leader, 21st Century Public Policy Institute, Consulting Fellow Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, Asia Pacific Institute of Research (APIR), Senior Policy Fellow, Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Lead Author of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report

His publication includes “Energy Policies of the IEA Countries” (2003-2006 editions), “Memoir of the Kyoto Protocol” (2014), “Truth of Global Warming Negotiation – Economic War on National Interests-“(2015), “Global Warming Countermeasures with Pragmatism – Paris Agreement and Thereafter” (2016), “Trump Risk – America First and Global Warming” (2017), “Policy Recommendations by the Quadripartite Commission on the Indian Ocean Regional Security” (Chapter 2) (2017 Sasakawa Peace Foundation), “Japan’s Energy Conundrum” (Chapter 11) (2018 Sasakawa Peace Foundation), “Finding a Viable Path for Reducing GHG Emissions2 (2019 King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)

  • ■Panelists
  • Laszlo VARRO
    Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  •  ▶︎ Profile

Laszlo Varro
Chief Economist
International Energy Agency

Laszlo Varro, who has worked at the IEA since 2011, became the Agency’s Chief Economist at the start of 2016, succeeding Fatih Birol, who took over as IEA Executive Director on 1 September 2015.

As Chief Economist, Mr. Varro leads the Economics and Investment Office (EIO), a newly created group within the IEA that aims to offer sound and consistent energy economics and methodological support for the Agency’s work. EIO also provides strategic support for the Executive Director’s agenda.

Prior to assuming his new role, Mr Varro served as IEA Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets. In this post he was responsible for gas market and supply security analysis, LNG markets, gas market reforms and infrastructure policy. He led the Electricity Security Action Plan, the IEA work programme that provides comprehensive coverage of the policy, market design, infrastructure regulation and investment aspects of maintaining electricity security during the transition to a low-carbon power system.

Before joining the IEA, Mr Varro was the Director for Strategy Development at MOL Group. From 2000 to 2005, he worked as the Head of Price Regulation at the Hungarian Energy Office. A Hungarian national, Mr Varro started his career at the National Bank of Hungary after completing his graduate degree at the University of Cambridge and the Corvinus University of Budapest.

    Nuclear Energy Analyst, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
  •  ▶︎ Profile

Dr Michel Berthélemy
Nuclear Energy Analyst, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

2013: PhD in Economics, Ecole des Mines de Paris

Professional Career
2010-13: Research Associate, CERNA, Ecole des Mines de Paris
2013-15: Research Fellow, International Energy Policy Institute, University College London
2015-20: Senior Economist, Institute for Techno-Economics of Energy Systems (I-tésé), French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA)
2020-: Nuclear Energy Analyst, Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics (NTE), OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

Michel Berthélemy is a Nuclear Energy Analyst at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) where he leads international projects on the economics of nuclear, including Gen-III costs reduction opportunities, nuclear new build financing, SMR, Gen-IV and fuel cycle related issues. In 2020, he was the lead-author of the flagship NEA report “Unlocking reductions in nuclear construction costs: a practical guide for stakeholders”.

Prior to joining NEA in 2019, he was in charge since 2015 of nuclear energy economics studies at the French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA).

Dr Berthélemy graduated from Mines ParisTech in 2013 with a Ph.D. in energy economics.


    Director General, World Nuclear Association (WNA)
  •  ▶︎ Profile

Sama Bilbao y León
became the Director General of the World Nuclear Association in October 2020.

Previously, and since June 2018, she was Head of the Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. In her role at the NEA, she led a team of analysts responsible for providing Member Countries with authoritative studies in the intersection of technology, innovation and economics in support of their energy policy decision-making. Since January 2020, she was also Head of the Technical Secretariat for the Generation IV International Forum (GIF).

From 2011, she was the Director of Nuclear Engineering Programs and Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She was one of the key individuals involved in the creation and development of this thriving new Nuclear Engineering program. Sama was responsible for the academic and research aspects of the new VCU nuclear engineering program, including student and faculty recruitment, curriculum development, accreditation, funding, research collaborations, industrial partnerships, marketing, outreach, etc. She also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in areas such as thermal-hydraulics, heat transfer, multi-phase flow, nuclear reactor design, energy and environmental policy, economics of electricity production, etc. At VCU, she led an active research group including post-doctoral research associates, PhD, MS and undergraduate students, and was the principal investigator in several research and development, as well as educational grants, totalling about $4M.

At her departure from VCU in May 2018, Sama was also a member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) National Accreditation Board, and the Chairman of the Board of the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium (VNEC).
From 2008, Sama was the Technical Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Water Cooled Reactors Technology Development Unit and she was responsible for IAEA activities in support of the development and near term deployment of advanced water cooled reactors and their associated fuels.

From February 2001 until March 2008, Sama was a Nuclear Safety Analysis Engineer at Dominion Energy, where she worked on the development and licensing of new methodologies in core thermal-hydraulics and nuclear safety analysis in support of Dominion’s nuclear power stations.

Sama is one of the seven founders of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN), and served as Public Information Chair since its creation in 1999 until May 2005. Sama is also an active member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) since 1995, both nationally and locally (VCU student section and Virginia local section). Her dedication to spreading the good news about nuclear earned her the ANS 2002 Public Communications Award. In 2007 she received the NA-YGN Founder Award, the highest award given to an NA-YGN member, which rewards leadership, vision and dedication. In 2007, and again in 2010, Sama was elected to the national Board of Directors of the American Nuclear Society. In 2011, she received the ANS Mary Jane Oestmann Women’s Achievement Award. In 2014 she received an ANS Presidential Citation for her continuous dedication to ANS. In 2018 she was presented with the W. Reed Johnson Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Virginia Section of the ANS. Sama is also a member of SNE, ASME, ASEE, SWE and WiN.

Sama, who is originally from Spain, holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Energy Technologies from the Polytechnic University of Madrid; a master's degree and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison; and an MBA from Averett University.

  • AKIMOTO Keigo
    Group Leader/Chief Researcher, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
  •  ▶︎ Profile


Keigo Akimoto was born in 1970. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Yokohama National University in 1999. He joined the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) to work with the Systems Analysis Group in 1999, was a senior researcher in 2003 and the Leader of the Systems Analysis Group and an associate chief researcher at RITE in 2007. Currently he is the Leader of the Group and a chief researcher at RITE. He was a guest researcher at IIASA in 2006, a guest professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo between FY2010 and 2014, and a Lead Author for the Fifth and Sixth Assessment Report of IPCC. He is a member for several advisory bodies on energy and environmental policy for Japanese government including Strategic policy committee, Advisory committee for natural resources and energy; and Global environment subcommittee, Industrial structure council; Climate change impact assessment subcommittee, Central environment council. His scientific interests are in modeling and analysis of energy and environment systems. He received the Peccei Scholarship from IIASA in 1997.

  • KOMIYAMA Ryoichi
    Associate Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
  •  ▶︎ Profile

Ryoichi Komiyama
Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo

Ryoichi Komiyama is an Associate Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management at the University of Tokyo. He obtained a Ph.D. degree of electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2003. In the past, he studied as a visiting researcher in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) from 2007 to 2009 and University of California at Berkeley from 2011 to 2012.

His fields of research are energy modeling and energy & electric power system analysis, and he has published his research in Energy Policy (Elsevier), Energy (Elsevier), Renewable Energy (Elsevier), Sustainability Science (Springer), IEEJ Transactions on Power and Energy, Applied Energy (Elsevier) and International Journal of Global Energy Issues. He also writes book chapters in a number of books such as 「Alternative East Asian Nuclear Futures, Volume II: Energy Scenarios」(NPEC 2018),「Resilience: A New Paradigm of Nuclear Safety」(Springer 2017) and「Reflections on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident」(Springer 2014).

He is appointed so far as a chair and a member in a number of governmental and academic committee such as Expert Committee for Quantitative Evaluation of Energy Resilience, Electricity Market Reform Committee, Industrial Structure Council, Capacity Remuneration Mechanism Committee in Organization for Cross-regional Coordination of Transmission Operators (OCCTO), Nuclear & Renewable Harmonized Energy System Study Committee in the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) and Subcommittee on Global Environmental Issues in Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ).

Presentation Title:
Nuclear Energy Strategy for a Carbon-Neutral Society

Nuclear power generation with improved safety and reliability is a promising technical option for the realization of a carbon-neutral society. In addition to contributing to decarbonization in electric power sector through coexistence with renewable energy, new nuclear energy strategies is required such as contribution to decarbonization in non-electric power sector such as clean fuel production and carbon recycling.

Wednesday, 14th April
Session 2 13:30 - 15:30 “Onward in the Reconstruction of Fukushima”
  • ■Report
  • ONO Akira
    Managing Executive Officer, Chief Decommissioning Officer, President of Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
  •  ▶︎ Profile

Akira Ono
Managing Executive Officer, Chief Decommissioning Officer,
President of Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company,
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.

Born on June 1st, 1959 in Yamanashi Prefecture Education - Bachelor of Science (Engineering.), University of Tokyo, 1983

-      Joined Tokyo Electric Power Company Inc., 1983
-      Group Manager, Reactor Maintenance Group, Maintenance Department,
       Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), 1998
-      Group Manager, Machine Procurement Group, Procurement Department, 2002
-      Group Manager, Reactor Facility Procurement Group, Generation Facility
       Procurement Centre, Procurement Department, 2005
-      General Manager, Units 5 & 6 Operation Department, Fukushima Daiichi NPP, 2006
-      General Manager, Tsurumi Service Center, Kanagawa Branch Office, 2009
-      Unit Superintendent (Units 5 & 6) of Fukushima Daiichi NPP, 2011
-      Corporate Officer, Site Superintendent of Fukushima Daiichi NPP,   Fukushima Daiichi
        Stabilization Center, Nuclear Power & Plant Siting Division, also belonged to Fukushima
        Headquarters, 2013
-      Corporate Officer, Vice President of FDEC, Site Superintendent of Fukushima Daiichi
        NPP, also belonged to Fukushima Headquarters, 2014
-      Managing Director, Head of Integrated Strategy Group, Nuclear Damage Compensation
        and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF), 2016
-      Senior Managing Director, Head of Program Supervision and Support Office, NDF,
     since February 2018
-      Managing Executive Officer, President of FDEC, CDO, General Manager of Project
     Planning Department, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc., since April 2018
-      Current position, since April 2019

  • ■Moderator
  • William D.Y. MCMICHAEL
    Deputy Director, International Center, Fukushima University
  •  ▶︎ Profile

William D.Y McMichael
Deputy Director, International Center,
Senior Lecturer, International Programs

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, McMichael graduated from the University of British Columbia before moving to Japan in 2007 as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) for the prefecture of Fukushima. In 2010 he joined Fukushima University, and has since contributed to its campus-wide international strategy, assisting with the establishment of the Fukushima University International Center in 2012. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, McMichael has endeavored to disseminate accurate information about Fukushima’s situation to the world, in particular through designing educational programs that eradicate harmful rumors and train interculturally component students that can establish future bonds between Fukushima and the world. In June 2012 he founded the Fukushima Ambassadors Program, and has since hosted over 800 international and domestic students on the program. Through joint fieldwork in various parts of the prefecture, including visits to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, McMichael continues to design educational activities to ensure that the world is properly aware of Fukushima's past, present, and future challenges.
  • ■Panelists
  • WADA Tomoyuki
    CEO, Odaka Worker's Base
  •  ▶︎ Profile

Tomoyuki Wada

Born in Odaka-ku, Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture. CEO of Odaka Worker’s Base. Representative Director of Pionism, a general incorporated association.  

After graduating from university, he worked at an IT venture company and then left to start his own business. In 2005, after being appointed to the board of the IT venture company, he returned home and established a lifestyle of participating remotely in the management of two companies in Tokyo. The nuclear accident in 2011 forced him and his family to leave their hometown due to an evacuation order, and they spent approximately six years as evacuees. In 2014, he started a co-working space business in Odaka-ku, the first in the evacuation zone, while commuting from the town where they had been sheltering. Since then, he has also worked on creating businesses to encourage Odaka-ku residents to return home, such as an eatery, temporary supermarket, glass accessory workshop, and attracting and training entrepreneurs. In March 2021, he started a program to train young personnel and provide startup support. In 2014, AERA magazine named him as one of the “100 people to break through Japan.”  
  • HENMI Tamami
    Futaba Future Meeting, Futaba Information Center
  •  ▶︎ Profile

Tamami Henmi

Born in 1989 in Ota-ku, Tokyo. Studied energy, specifically nuclear power and radiation, at the Musashi Institute of Technology (currently Tokyo City University). In 2011, she worked as a volunteer providing academic support to children who evacuated to Tokyo from Tomioka in the Futaba district of Fukushima Prefecture. This led her to move to Kawauchi, a village neighboring Tomioka, in 2012, as Tomioka was in the evacuation zone.

In Kawauchi, she worked with residents, answering questions about radiation and conducting surveys of evacuees who left the village, as a Kawauchi satellite employee of the Fukushima Future Center for Regional Revitalization. She also established “Kawauchi Moriagekka,” a regional economic development organization, with her friends, and is working on re-building the community.

Currently, she resides in Tomioka. She works on transmitting information about Futaba district as a staff member of the Futaba Information Center “Futaba Info,” operated by the private organization “Futaba Future Meeting.” In her private time, she holds “children’s cafeterias” as part of the Tomioka children’s cafeteria executive planning committee, and continues to work as an organizer of “Kawauchi Moriagekka.” She continues grass-roots activities around Tomioka and Kawauchi.

Her recent hobbies include free coffee performances and pottery.

  • MAEKAWA Naoya
    Director and Executive Secretary, Fukushima Manabi-no Network
  •  ▶︎ Profile

Naoya Maekawa

Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Fukushima University Office of Higher Education Planning & Support; Director and Executive Secretary, Fukushima Manabi-no Network

Born in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture in 1977. When he was a third-year student at Nada High School, the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake struck.

After graduating from the Faculty of Education at the University of Tokyo, he completed a doctoral program at the Kyoto University Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies. Kyoto University PhD (Human and Environmental Studies)

After the Great East Japan Earthquake and the accident at the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which occurred while he was working as a teacher at Nada Junior and Senior High School (geography, history, and civics), he organized numerous visits to the disaster-stricken areas of the Fukushima and Miyagi regions along with his students.

In March 2014, he left his teaching post when his students graduated, and in April, he moved to Fukushima City in Fukushima Prefecture. Along with working as a specially-appointed researcher at the University of Tokyo, he established the non-profit learning-support organization, “Fukushima Manabi-no Network,” where he serves as director and executive secretary.

In April 2018, he became a Specially Appointed Associate Professor at Fukushima University.

His research specialty is education and sociology (social history of gender and sexuality).

His written works include “Social history of gays: Inclusion of identity / emancipation into the closet” (Sakuhinsha), and “Male bonding: From Meiji era students to boys' love” (Chikuma Shobo).

Koto Performance 15:30 - 16:00
  • ■Performer
  • OKAWA Yoshiaki
    Young musician from Futaba Town, Fukushima Prefecture
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Kotomen - Yoshiaki Okawa

Koto performer from Fukushima Prefecture, who connects people through the unique and beautiful sounds of his instrument.

A young up-and-coming Japanese instrument performer who is unique in the Japanese music world for having good looks, talent, and self-production skills, having won first place awards and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Award in prestigious national competitions and international competitions, while producing his own costumes, videography, and YouTube performance videos.
He is also a Tsugaru Shamisen Kitamura-style master, performing under the name “Takaaki Kitamura.”

In 2020, he made his debut as part of the handsome Japanese instrument performance group “Sakura men” by avex, and he has also appeared in several TV programs, such as NHK E-tele’s “Nippon no Geino (Japanese Arts),” “Ohayo Nippon,” and TV Asahi’s “25 years old – Starting point of passion.”

He values “the enjoyment of self-expression,” and continues to challenge himself to try several different styles through sound.

◾️27th Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition –Kenjun Award (Top Award)
◾️23rd Kumamoto Japanese Music Competition—(Top Award & Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Award)
◾️14th MBK Music Contest— Solo music composition award
◾️Tokyo Heaven Artist recognition  

◾️ “ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) Reception” stage performance (Host: Shuzo Matsuoka), etc.
Session 3 16:00 - 1800 “The Energy Vision Japan Needs”
  • ■Moderator
  • ICHIKAWA Shinichi
    President, Strategic Associates Japan Co., LTD.
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Shinichi Ichikawa
President of Strategic Associates Japan Ltd. (Senior Fellow of Pictet Asset Management)

Mr. Ichikawa established his private office, Strategic Associates Japan, in Aug 2019 and joined Pictet Asset Management as the senior fellow in Sep 2019. Before them, he worked for Credit Suisse Securities from 2000 as the chief strategist. Mr. Ichikawa also worked for Credit Lyonnais Securities between 1994 and 2000 as the chief strategist. He started his job carrier with Wako Securities in Apr 1987 just after his graduation from Meiji University.

Mr. Ichikawa has held a number of public positions such as a member of Committee for Special Purpose Zone under Junichiro Koizumi Cabinet and a member of Small Committee for Development of International Nuclear Business by the Agency of Energy and Resources.

He wrote “Irresponsible policy argument” (2009), “Could you be happy by Abenomics?” (2017) and some other books. Mr. Ichikawa has been a regular commentator of “World Business Satellite” (TV Tokyo) since 2011.
  • ■Panelists
  • Scott FOSTER
    Director, Sustainable Energy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
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Scott Foster

Scott Foster joined the UN in 2011 as Director of UNECE's Sustainable Energy Division. He has more than 30 years' experience in the energy field, having worked extensively with private companies, governments and international organizations on strategic decision-making, investments, energy policy, market design, and climate change.

Before founding Nomad Energy Consulting in 2004, Mr. Foster was Vice President of global regulatory affairs with AES Corporation, Senior Director for global power with Cambridge Energy Research Associates, senior expert on electricity at the International Energy Agency, and hydroelectric engineer at Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Mr. Foster holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
  • Tim STONE
    Chairman, Nuclear Industry Association (NIA)
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Timothy Stone

Tim is the Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association and also the Chairman of Nuclear Risk Insurers. He is a non-executive member of the Arup Group Board and a non-executive director of Horizon Nuclear Power and was, until March 2019, a member of the Wylfa Newydd site licence company board and chaired the Risk and Audit Committee. From 2003 to June 2018 he was the longest serving member of the Board of the European Investment Bank & from 2011 – 2015 he was a non-executive director of the Anglian Water Group. He is a member of a number of advisory boards for infrastructure investors, funds and advisory firms. He was the one foreign member of the Expert Advisory Committee of the Royal Commission on the Nuclear Fuel Cycle established in 2015 by the government of South Australia, having been an advisor to the South Austrlian Government on a variety of infrastructure projects since 2001, including advising the Treasurer on the New Royal Adelaide Hospital, which is the largest hospital in the Southern Hemisphere. He was also the original financial advisor in Abu Dhabi to ENEC for their successful nuclear program.

Until 2013, Tim was the Expert Chair of the Office for Nuclear Development in DECC and the Senior Advisor to successive Secretaries of State responsible for energy. He served five different Secretaries of State in two different governments over nearly 7 years. During this period he conducted a formal review of the nuclear safety regulator, then the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, and his recommendations were entirely accepted by the Government and resulted in the creation of the Office of Nuclear Regulation. He also worked on carbon capture and storage, tidal and wind power both in terms of policy and financing and continues to support all forms of low-carbon energy which are safe and efficient in terms of system cost to the national economy.

His previous career was as the Chairman and founder of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure and Projects Group. During this time he was a member of DEFRA’s Sustainable Procurement Taskforce and a member of London First’s Infrastructure Commission and he led the Rail Review in 2004 for the Department of Transport and H.M. Treasury. Prior to joining KPMG, he was a Managing Director of S.G.Warburg in New York and London and a Managing Director of Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.

  • Carol BERRIGAN
    Senior Director, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
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Carol L. Berrigan
Executive Director, Federal Programs and Supplier Relationships
Nuclear Energy Institute

Carol L. Berrigan is Executive Director for Federal Programs and Supplier Relationships at the Nuclear Energy Institute. In this role, she is responsible for engagement with the executive branch of the federal government, international trade, and supplier‐related activities. During her tenure at NEI, Ms. Berrigan has served in a variety of positions across the organization including roles in governmental affairs, regulatory affairs, nuclear fuel supply, and supply chain and human capital development.  Ms. Berrigan, who re‐joined NEI is 2003, was with USCEA, an NEI predecessor organization, from 1992-1994.

From 1998 to 2003, Ms. Berrigan was Director of Marketing for Pulseworks, where she was responsible for managing marketing and business development functions.  Ms. Berrigan was a Program Manager for Camber Corporation, a specialized engineering and management consulting firm in Washington, DC from 1994-1998.  She supported several U.S. government programs related to climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency and trade issues.

Ms. Berrigan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago. She is a member of the Texas A&M Nuclear Engineering Advisory Committee and the board of directors of WiN Global.

  • OCHI Hitoshi
    Vice Chair/Chair, Committee on Energy and Resources, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
  •  ▶︎ Profile

OCHI Hitoshi
Vice Chair of Keidanren, Chair of the Keidanren Committee on Energy and Resources
Director of the Board, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation

Mr. Ochi is Vice Chair of Keidanren since May 2019. He is also the Chair of the Committee on Energy and Resources as well as the Chair of the Committee on Europe.

He is the Director of the Board of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation. Prior to the current position, he exercised the charge of the Representative Corporate Executive Officer, President and CEO from June 2015, and the Representative Director, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. from April 2012 and Director of the Board, Managing Executive Officer (Supervising Public Relations and Investor Relations Office [Public Relations]), General Manager, Corporate Strategy Office, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation from June 2010. He has spent his professional career at Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation since April 1977. He graduated from Kyoto University with a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

  • ENDO Noriko
    Project Professor, Global Research Institute, Keio University
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Noriko ENDO
Project Professor, Keio University Global Research Institute    
Dr. Noriko Endo is an expert in energy security and risk governance. She is currently Project Professor at Keio University Global Research Institute and conducting a research project entitled “Economic Security Study”. In 2015, she established a research project at Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University concerning risk communication and public acceptance, and leaded round table discussions with women leaders in the Japanese industrial world to address the issue of energy policy sustainable for future generations.

She was selected as the Abe Research Fellow 2017 of The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) / The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).

She has been providing her knowledge upon the Japanese government’s policy making process. The Japanese government appoints her as a member of the Industrial Structure Council, Fiscal System Council, Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy, Space Policy Committee, and Steering Committee of Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation.

She obtained her Ph. D. in Energy Science at Kyoto University. Her thesis, which proposes innovative approaches to disaster risk management after Fukushima entitled “The Study of Japan's Nuclear Damage Compensation Scheme” was published on September 27th in 2013 by Iwanami Shoten, Publishers. It was awarded the 34th Energy Forum Grand Prize. She was the recipient of the Osaragi Jiro Prize for Scholarly writing and is a prominent critic in Japan.



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