Lecture in English by Prof. TANIGUCHI Tomohiko (Professor by Special Invitation, Keiô University Graduate School of System Design and Management)
Start: 6 pm
We are slowly approaching the anniversary that saw Japan shaken, firstly by a strong earthquake and then a Tsunami, and then a disaster at the nuclear power plant Fukushima I. These events not only wreaked enormous havoc on the immediate surrounding areas of the Tôhoku region, but they presented huge challenges for the Japanese economy and society as a whole.
Currently in Japan discussions are focussing not only on rebuilding Tôhoku, but about a new positioning for the entire country. At the end of April in Japan, there will be no nuclear power plants connected to the network. And all regions, in particular the region surrounding Ôsaka, will have to deal with severe power shortages, which will make the challenges felt by all people across the country.
This lecture will discuss how the Japanese economy can find again a path to economic growth in view of this situation, and how it will try to reposition itself. Prof. Taniguchi will also address the question of how Japan as an island nation will seek to shape its future energy policies, and whether nuclear energy still has a function here and which one.
Prof. TANIGUCHI is happy to answer any questions following his talk. All are then invited to a glas of wine.
Prof. TANIGUCHI has led an impressive international career as a publisher, academic and adviser and was also the deputy spokesperson for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.