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Tokyo University to host symposiums on Fukushima crisis

The University of Tokyo will hold symposiums on March 9 and 11 on its Hongo campus to mark the third anniversary of the triple meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Scholars will speak on “Energy risk governance” during the March 9 event and on “Public commons for whom?” on March 11.

The March 9 symposium will start with a message from Calestous Juma, a professor at Harvard Kennedy School, on Japan’s international role in conversion to renewable energy sources.

Participants in the March 9 event will include Kiyoshi Kurokawa, who served as head of the Diet’s committee to investigate the Fukushima crisis, and Kan Suzuki, who was education and science senior vice minister at the time of the crisis. Experts from the University of Tokyo will report on soil conditions and the physical conditions of people in Fukushima. Scholars from the fields of physics, philosophy and economics will also take part.

In the March 11 event, scholars of philosophy and ethics will discuss how their disciplines can contribute to improving the well-being of people in contemporary society. Members of the audience will be given a chance to join the discussions.

The March 9 symposium will start at 1 p.m. in Fukutake Hall and the March 11 event will start at 6 p.m. in Room 92B in the Kogakubu Nigo-kan Building, both on the Hongo campus. Both symposiums will be conducted in Japanese.

Anyone interested can send an email to gakugeifu@yahoo.co.jp, indicating his or her name, contact information and the event(s) he or she wants to attend. Up to 200 people will be accepted. For more information, visit www.tokyoartopera.com/#!symposium/c1vs6.