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Independent Investigation Commission will contribute to the Global Council on Nuclear Security of WEF

Dr Funabashi, chairman of the RJIF and the program director of the Independent Investigation Commission of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, became a member of the Global Agenda council on Nuclear Security of the World Economic Forum. Established in 2008, the Network of Global Agenda Councils is an knowledge network composed of 80 councils focusing on …

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Announcement of Our New Director

It is with great pleasure that RJIF announces that Mr. Makoto Takano (President, PIMCO Japan Ltd) has joined RJIF. Welcome to RJIF, Mr. Takano! Director Makoto Takano President, PIMCO Japan Ltd Profile Mr. Makoto Takano is president of PIMCO Japan Ltd. He became PIMCO’s first managing director in Japan in 2006. Prior to joining PIMCO …

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Independent Investigation Panel featured in CBS’s well-known news magazine program, “60 minutes”

Independent Investigation Panel featured in CBS’s well-known news magazine program, “60 minutes” CBS “60 minutes” broadcasted the TV special ”Fukushima: 3 years later” on April 6th, 2014. Yoichi Funabashi, RJIF’s president, summarizes the findings of the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident and told CBS in the interview (interviewer: Mr. Bob Simon) that …

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“Bungled Crisis Management: Fukushima’s Painful Lessons” featured in Global Asia

Kay Kitazawa, RJIF’s senior fellow, contributed an article “Bungled Crisis Management: Fukushima’s Painful Lessons” to the 3rd year anniversary edition of Global Asia. The “In Focus “ section of the March 2014 special issue titled “Three Years On: Japan’s Unending Nuclear Crisis” provided some depth of perspective on the progress of recovery process after the …

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Independent Investigation Panel members visit Fukushima Daiichi with Former NRC Chairman Dr Jaczko

On March 12th 2014, 3 members of the Working Group of the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident visited TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. With the guidance by Mr Naohiro Masuda, the director of the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station at the time of the accident, the delegates looked around several …

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“The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disaster: Investigating the Myth and Reality” was released (March 6, 2014)

In the commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the English edition of the Report by The Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident was published from Routledge (UK). This report can now be available in the United States, countries in Europe, Asia including UK, France, Germany and India. Prior …

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In the commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, RJIF and UTokyo Policy Alternatives Research Institute co-hosted an international symposium focusing on risk, governance and leadership on March 11, 2014 at the University of Tokyo.

In the commemoration 3rd anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, RJIF and UTokyo Policy Alternatives Research Institute co-hosted an international symposium focusing on risk, governance and leadership on March 11, 2014 at the University of Tokyo. More than three hundred people including former prime minister Naoto Kan attended the symposium. Moderated by Ms. Yumiko …

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March 10th, “3 years on – what did we really learn from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident”

March 10th, “3 years on – what did we really learn from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident” RJIF held a press conference “3 years on – what did we really learn from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident” at Japan National Press Club on March 10. The panelists, each chairman of the three Fukushima nuclear accident investigation commissions …

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March 10th, “3 years on – what did we really learn from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident”

RJIF will hold a press conference “3 years on – what did we really learn from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident” on March 10th Date/Time March 10th (Mon) 2014, 14:00-16:00 Venue Japan National Press Club Title “3 years on – what did we really learn from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident” Simultaneous Translation (Japanese/English) Presenter Dr Koichi Kitazawa …

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Our Chairman Dr. Yoichi Funabashi’s article titled “Quiet Deterrence” appeared in the Security Times distributed at the 50th Munich Security Conference.

Our Chairman Dr. Yoichi Funabashi’s article titled “Quiet Deterrence” appeared in the Security Times distributed at the 50th Munich Security Conference which was held from February 1 to February 3. The Security Times is an offshoot of the Atlantic times, a German-English-language paper. For this time, many pages were allotted to the Asia-Pacific issue. Along …

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RJIF featured in Japan Times article

The newspaper article “Japan urged to embrace U.S.-style think tanks” of Japan Times (January 11th) points out the strong needs for the independent think tanks in Japan that offer alternative policies to those of the ruling party and bureaucrats. RJIF is introduced as “one of the few emerging independent policy think tanks in Japan that can …

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“The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disaster: Investigating the Myth and Reality” will be published

The English edition of the Report by The Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident will be published on the 3rd anniversary of the 3/11. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists will run anexcerpt of the Report in the upcoming (March/April 2014) issue of the Bulletin. Title: “The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disaster: Investigating the Myth …

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Professor Nobumasa Akiyama from the Independent Investigation Committee was featured in Banyan Analytics Brief: Special Edition on Emergency Preparedness in the Asia-Pacific

Professor Nobumasa Akiyama from the Independent Investigation Committee was featured in Banyan Analytics Brief: Special Edition on Emergency Preparedness in the Asia-Pacific The featured analysis “Lessons from Japan-U.S. Coordination during the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis” by Professor Nobumasa Akiyama, Hitotsubashi University, is now available at Banyan Analytics’ website. Professor Akiyama led the international analyses part of …

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Invited from the DPJ Political Reform Promotion Headquarters, co-authors of the book “DPJ Administration: Challenges and Failures” Professor Koichi Nakano of Sophia University, Professor Koji Nakakita of Hitotsubashi University, and Associate Professor Ken Jimbo of Keio University made a presentation in front of the DPJ members.

Upon receiving invitation from the DPJ Political Reform Promotion Headquarters, co-authors of the book “DPJ Administration: Challenges and Failures” Professor Koichi Nakano of Sophia University, Professor Koji Nakakita of Hitotsubashi University, and Assistant Associate Ken Jimbo of Keio University made a presentation based on the book in front of the DPJ members on Tuesday, Oct …

Invited from the DPJ Political Reform Promotion Headquarters, co-authors of the book “DPJ Administration: Challenges and Failures” Professor Koichi Nakano of Sophia University, Professor Koji Nakakita of Hitotsubashi University, and Associate Professor Ken Jimbo of Keio University made a presentation in front of the DPJ members. Read More »

The chairman of the Independent Investigation Committee attend the assessment meeting at the Nuclear Regulatory Authority

The assessment of the efforts made by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority in its first year, on 30th September, 2013 The participants include the representatives of each of the 3 Investigation Committees. Independent Koichi Kitazawa Chairman of the Independent Investigation Committee of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Yoichi Funabashi Program Director of the Independent Investigation Committee of …

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Reviewing Japan’s Lost Decades project | Dr. Kushner’s article “Japan: a voice of freedom in a stifled region” has been published in the EAST ASIA FORUM

The editor of the Lost Decades project Dr. Barak Kushner’s article “Japan: a voice of freedom in a stifled region” has been published in the ”EAST ASIA FORUM”. Though Japan has often been criticized for its prolonged economic stagnation since 1990s, Dr. Kushner argues that it can and will play an important role in East …

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Reviewing Japan’s Lost Decades project | Ikenberry’s interview “Liberal international order should be strengthened to integrate rising China”

Prof. G. John Ikenberry, a Lost Decades project member and Professor at Princeton University, gave an interview titled “Liberal international order should be strengthened to integrate rising China” in the “The Asahi Shimbun Asia & Japan Watch”. Prof. Ikenberry analyzes in his “Ideology” chapter towards “Reviewing Japan’s Lost Decades” project Japan’s grand national visions and …

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Dr. Kurt Campbell and Dr. Michael Green, RJIF’s Distinguished Guest Scholars, held a joint press conference at Japan National Press Club and nearly 200 journalists attended.

Dr. Kurt Campbell and Dr. Michael Green, RJIF’s Distinguished Guest Scholars, held a joint press conference at Japan National Press Club and nearly 200 journalists attended. This number suggests Japanese media’s high interest in the views of Dr. Campbell and Dr. Green. At the conference, after the introduction by RJIF Chairman Yoichi Funabashi, Dr. Campbell …

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Announcement of Our New Directors and Counselor

It is with great pleasure that RJIF announces that Mr. Nobuyoshi John Ehara (Founder, Partner, UNISON CAPITAL Inc.) and Mr. Mamoru Taniya (Founder, Chairman, Asuka Asset Management Co., Ltd.) have joined RJIF as Director and Mr. Hiroo Mori (Executive Vice President) as Counselor. Director Nobuyoshi John Ehara Founder, Partner, UNISON CAPITAL Inc. Profile Mr. Nobuyoshi …

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RJIF welcomes Dr. Kurt M. Campbell, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, and Dr. Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)/ Associate Professor at Georgetown University, as distinguished guest scholars.

“RJIF is very proud to announce the appointment of two figures at the forefront of international politics – Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Dr. Michael J. Green – as distinguished guest scholars. With the support of these world-class scholars, both bringing outstanding expertise and experience, we will launch the U.S.-Japan Strategic Vision Program. Through bipartisan …

RJIF welcomes Dr. Kurt M. Campbell, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, and Dr. Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)/ Associate Professor at Georgetown University, as distinguished guest scholars. Read More »

The Independent Investigation Committee held a panel session on Fukushima accident at 2013 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference

Date and Time  April 8dt (Mon), 2013   8:00-8:45   Venue  Horizon room, Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center, Washington, DC Title  “Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Shortcomings of Safety Regulation and Lessons Learned” Panelist Dr. Gregory Jaczko former chairman of dte U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Dr. M.V. Ramana Princeton University Prof. Kazuto Suzuki Hokkaido University/Princeton University — Prof. Suzuki …

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New Book Published: “Japan’s Worst-case Scenarios: The Nine Blind spots”

New Book Published: “Japan’s Worst-case Scenarios: The Nine Blind spots” Press release We are pleased to announce that a new RJIF book titled “Japan’s Worst-case Scenarios: The Nine Blind spots (in Japanese)” has been published from Shincho-sya Publishing Ltd on March 15, 2013. After RJIF’s first project, “The Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear …

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Panel session at CLSA Japan 2013

Panel session “Crisis is new normalcy?” at CLSA Investor Forum Japan 2013 February 27, 2013 Grand Hyatt, Tokyo The core members of the RJIF’s “Crisis management” project team are going to hold a panel session at CLSA Japan 2013. Based on the practical real-world simulations of the potential 9 worst case crisis scenarios, various issues …

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Opinion piece for the crisis management study at IESE/Insight by Kay Kitazawa

Aena: How to Stay Airborne When Crisis Strikes? in Insight magazine, IESE Business School Kay Kitazawa and other two experts recommend how best to deal with an unprecedented situation like the case of the Spanish air traffic controller Aena strike that closed airspace for 24 hours in December 2010. To read the article (registration required)⇒

Investigation Panel Chairman Kitazawa’s article in Japan for Sustainability News letter

Investigation Panel Chairman Dr Kitazawa’s article “Tell the Whole Truth about the Tragic Accident to Extract Useful Lessons for a Safer Nation” is published in December 2012 edition of Japan for Sustainability News letter. To read the article http://www.japanfs.org/en/mailmagazine/newsletter/pages/032425.html

Prof. Nobumasa Akiyama, investigator of the Panel, gave a presentation at Monterey Institute of International Studies

Lessons from Fukushima and the Future of Japanese Nuclear Energy Nobumasa Akiyama, Professor at the Graduate School of Law and the Graduate School of International Public Policy at Hitotsubashi University, and an investigator of the Independent Investigation Panel gave a presentation at Monterey Institute of International Studies, James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies. Details of …

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IAC/SCJ International Conference on the Impact of the Nuclear Plant Accident

Wednesday, 10th October, 2012, InterAcademy Council  (IAC) and Science Council of Japan (SCJ) collaboratively held their International Conference on the impact of Nuclear Plant Accident with the delegates and representatives from the IAC Member countries, honorable guest scientists and experts within the public audience. Dr Kitazawa, the chairman of our Independent Investigation Commission, attended the conference …

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US National Academy of Sciences meeting

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences Fukushima Lessons-Learned Committee held its meeting in Tokyo on November 27th, 2012 Dr Kitazawa, the chairman of our Independent Investigation Commission, attended the meeting to exchanges views on the analyses of the Fukushima accident.   For further details, please refer to the website of“The U.S. National Academy of Sciences …

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We closed the position for Fellow

We closed the position for Fellow. Thank you for applaying for the position. We will inform the result individually later. So please refrain from your inquiry.

The contributed article to Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, SAGE Journals has been published

The contributed article “Fukushima in review: A complex disaster, a disastrous response” has been published in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, by SAGE. The article is a summary of the Final Chapter from the Japanese-language investigation report The abstract of the article is freely available to public at SAGE’s website. http://bos.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/02/29/0096340212440359.abstract

A Press Conference at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

 Handout A Press conference was held at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan , on Thursday 1st March, 2012. Dr Koichi Kitazawa (Chairman of the “Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident”), Dr Yoichi Funabashi (President of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation), Ambassador Tetsuya Endo (Former Chairman of the Board of Governors, International …

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【Planned】Presentations at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan  March 1st (Thu)

March 1st (Thu) 11:45- FCCJ website:  http://www.fccj.or.jp/node/7248  Dr Koichi Kitazawa (Chairman of the “Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident”) and Dr Yoichi Funabashi (President of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation) will present the findingswill present the findings of the half-year investigation. The English version of the full report will be published this summer.

RJIF delegates made presentations at Davos on January 26-29, 2012

RJIF delegates made presentations at the 2012 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. President Funabashi had a session with former Japanese Prime minister Kan regarding the crisis management of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. from left to right : William H.SAITO    Counselor,RJIF Yukiya Amano    Director General,International Atomic Energy Agency Sadako Ogata   …

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