The sixth seminar in the 2011 series, Uncertain Futures: The Individual, Society and the State in the UK and Japan, will explore the energy challenges facing Japan as the government seeks to address the economic implications of the March 2011 crisis in the Tohoku region. Meanwhile, as a result of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant incident, the nuclear debate in the UK and beyond has intensified with implications for future energy policy. With more than 60% of Japanese nuclear power generation shut down since the disaster, Japan must now address nuclear safety issues and the more active pursuit of renewable energy sources. There are voices in both countries that consider 'nuclear power should remain an important part of the energy mix and an integral part of a low-carbon-economy' (The Times, 15 March 2011). Others advocate a move away from over-reliance on nuclear power and greater energy diversification. The costs of changing policies, increased subsidies for renewables, and the impact on public spending will be addressed by our speakers who represent different perspectives in the climate and energy policy debate.
Jun Arima Director General of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) in London
Naoki Iwabuchi Deputy General Manager, Global Environment Business Development Division of Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) plc.
Professor Jim Skea Research Director, UK Energy Research Centre
Antony Froggatt (Chair) Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House.
Free but booking is essential at www.dajf.org.uk/bookin