Japan Roundtable 2011

The Great East Japan Earthquake
~ Innovating for the Future ~

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, on March 11, 2011, devastated East Japan and its economy. We lost more than fifteen thousand people due to the disaster and still many people are missing. Even worse, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident struck a serious blow to its energy supply and local economy, damaging people’s livelihood and the environment of the region.

Since Japan’s natural resources are very scarce, nuclear energy has been an important pillar for energy supply as well as the economy. After the earthquake, Japan has been tackling major challenges, including responding to the nuclear power plant accident, energy supply shortages, and reconstruction of the economy.

Now Japan has to design mid and long-term strategy concerning energy and the economy for shaping the future of the country. In this roundtable, we reviewed the nuclear accident and its impact.  We also considered the past nuclear policy, and discussed challenges of future energy and the economy of Japan to realize reconstruction and further development under many constraints.

Many students, academics, and other professionals with interests in Japan and future energy policy joined the conference. Through the conference and reception, this event provided an ideal opportunity for the participants to network and discuss the future energy policy of the world—which must have been affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Participants had a chance to consider how to shape future energy policy while gaining and exchanging knowledge of current nuclear and other energy sources through the conference.