Nuclear Briefing by Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa

October 16, 2012 at 6pm - 9pm
United States Capitol Building
Washington, DC
United States
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Dr. Charles Ferguson, Ms. Meredith Miller and Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa

On October 16th a briefing was jointly hosted by the Congressional Study Group on Japan, The National Bureau of Asian Research and the U.S.-Japan Council. It was also supported by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

The discussion was based on the Diet of Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission's (NAIIC) recent report. Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa serves as Chairman of NAIIC, which was created in October, 2011.

Dr. Charles Ferguson, President of the Federation of American Scientists and Co-Chairman of the U.S.-Japan Nuclear Working Group, served as the respondent.

According to Dr. Kurokawa, the report is meant to reinforce the administrative authority of the legislative body and strengthen oversight activities on issues related to nuclear power. As the first independent commission chartered by the Diet in the history of Japan’s constitutional government, we would like to emphasize how important it is that this report be utilized, for the Japanese people and for the people of the world.

During the briefing, Dr. Kurokawa generally stressed the importance of transparency, accountability, emergency preparedness, and the de-coupling of industry with regulators. The notion of culture was also discussed, including the Japanese employment structure. Dr. Ferguson emphasized the importance of a work environment where one feels comfortable raising a concern, even to a superior.

While Tuesday's briefing was off-the-record, the complete report was recently made public and is available online (in English) by clicking here.