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Now that several years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, how much has Japan learned the lessons from Fukushima? Taking the opportunity from the release of the hearings from the late Mr. Masao Yoshida, which provided new information, interested former working group members of the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident that released the report in February 2012 looked back at this four years.

After a two month preparation period, this project was officially launched in December 2014. From several points of view, we extracted topics on the crisis response and management.

  • Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Operation
  • Logistics
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Safety and Security
  • Ways to learn lessons

On reviewing the crisis management during the nuclear accident as well as the result of the analysis by the Independent Investigation Commission, we tried to listen to the voices of youth that have been rarely expressed in public. Although the Independent Commission covered the point of view of the vulnerable from the disaster in regards to the resident evacuation issue, we could not include those of the young generation.
Our project co-hosted an event, “The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis as seen through the Yoshida Hearings,” with the Global Security Research Institute (G-SEC) at Keio University on February 4, 2015, and the four project members discussed with approximately 20 selected students topics such as “At that time, how did you see the responses by the government and TEPCO?” and “If you were a person in charge of the crisis handling, how would you think and what kind of decision would you have made?”

The report consists of two parts; the first part is an interpretation of the Yoshida testimony by Dr. Yoichi Funabashi, the second part is the four project members’ review of the three years since the announcement of the report. (Japanese version also includes the third part, which is the transcript of the discussion with the students at the event.)

Report

“Anatomy of the Yoshida Testimony
– The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis as seen through the Yoshida Hearings”

Several members of working group of the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident examined whether Japan has learned the lessons from Fukushima since the accident through the analysis of the hearing records from the late Mr. Masao Yoshida, former Site Superintendent of the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which was released in September 2014 (so-called “Yoshida Testimony”). Based on the report by the Independent Investigation Commission, this project analyzes the testimony closely from several points of view.

Author: Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation
Publisher: TOYO PUBLISHING
Price: ¥1,800 +Tax
First Published: August 28, 2015
ISBN-10: 4809678016
ISBN-13: 978-4809678011

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Foreword: From Investigating the Accident to Investigating the Crisis

Part 1: A Reading of the Yoshida Hearings
Yoichi FUNABASHI

Part 2: Three Years on from Publishing The Independent Investigation Report
(An analysis and investigation three years after the event by four members of the then Working Committee)

Kenta HORIO
Akihisa SHIOZAKI
Kazuto SUZUKI
Shin-etsu SUGAWARA

Afterword
Chronology of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

The Symposium

The project co-hosted an event, “The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis as seen through the Yoshida Hearings,” with the Global Security Research Institute (G-SEC) at Keio University on February 4, 2015. The facilitators were Prof. Heizo Takenaka from Keio University and RJIF Chairman Yoichi Funabashi, and the panelists were the working group members of the Independent Investigation Commission at the time: Mr. Kenta Horio, Mr. Akihisa Shioaki, Prof. Kazuto Suzuki, and Dr. Shin-etsu Sugawara.
They exchanged opinions with 20 students having strong interest on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident actively and the discussion grew excited.

Project Members

Independent Investigation Commission Report Inspection Team

Yoichi Funabashi
Chairman, Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation

He is a graduate of the Faculty of Education, Tokyo University. He joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1968. After being a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, he served as a correspondent for the Asahi Shimbun in Beijing and Washington, and as American General Bureau Chief, later serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Asahi Shimbun until October 2007. He took up his current post in September 2011. He acted as the Project Director for the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident.

Kazuto SUZUKI
Professor, the Graduate School of Law, Hokkaido University

He specializes in international political economy and EU research. In 2012, he received the 34th Suntory Prize in Space Development and International Politics. He also served as leader of the Working Group for Part 3 of the Independent Investigation. He is also an Expert Panel Member of UN Security Council Iran Sanctions Committee.

Shin-etsu SUGAWARA
Senior Researcher, the Institute of Social and Economic Research, General Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry

He specializes and is interested in nuclear power policy and the social theory of science and technology. He graduated from the doctoral course of The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Nuclear Engineering, International Nuclear Program. In April 2012, he joined the Central Research Institute of Electric Power, serving concurrently in that Institute’s Nuclear Risk Research Center from October 2014, and as a member of the Working Group for Parts 1 and 3 of the Independent Investigation.

Akihisa SHIOZAKI
Attorney at Law, Partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

He is a lawyer dealing mainly with corporate governance and risk management.
He was secretary to the Chief Cabinet Secretary in 2006-07. He is also Vice Chair of the Civil Intervention Violence Committee, the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association, auditor of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, and served as a member of the Working Group for Part 2 of the Independent Investigation.

Kenta HORIO
Expert investigator, Permanent Mission of Japan to the international Organization in Vienna

He specializes in nuclear energy policy and nuclear non-proliferation, and has been enrolled in the doctoral course at The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering, International Nuclear Program since April 2010. He assumed his current position in May 2013. He served as a member of the Working Group for Part 1 of the Independent Investigation.

Advisor

Toshihiro OKUYAMA
Editorial board member, the Asahi Shimbun

He graduated from the Department of Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. He joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1989 and has served as a journalist in the Mito Branch, Fukushima Branch, Social Affairs Department, and the Special News Department among others.

Editorial/ Administrative Office

Takashi OTSUKA
Science journalist

He is a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University. He joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1976, serving as staff science correspondent in the American General Bureau 1992-95, and Science News Editor at the Tokyo head office 2001-2004. He was President & CEO of Asahi Shimbun America from 2004 to 2006. He also served as editor for the Independent Investigation Report.

Kay KITAZAWA
Research Director, the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation

She graduated from the Faculty of Arts and the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo. She specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), consulting mainly in Europe, as part of her PhD study at The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London. She has worked on many projects in research and consulting on urban policy in private sector and think tanks. She served as the staff director of the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident.

Natsuki FUJITA
Intern, the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation

He is a graduate of the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University. He served as an intern in the Independent Investigation.

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