On 28 January 2015, UNU will host “Japan’s Post-Fukushima Nuclear Diplomacy”, a conversation with Ambassador Toshiro Ozawa, recent Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna. This event will start at 6:30 PM at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
As an extension of domestic policy, diplomacy becomes ambiguous when policy becomes uncertain. This has been the case of Japan’s nuclear diplomacy following the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident, particularly in the first few years, when government and scientific authority weakened in the face of significant anti-nuclear sentiment and public impatience with disaster recovery efforts.
Ambassador Toshiro Ozawa will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation examining the events, actors and shifting policy decisions that have shaped Japan’s nuclear diplomacy following the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster. The conversation will consider the influence of Japan’s significant contributions to nuclear nonproliferation, its history of anti-nuclear movements, the continuing clean-up in Fukushima and how the current government struggles to balance these issues under growing domestic energy demands.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 27 January) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the registration page.
Ambassador Toshiro Ozawa is a retired Japanese diplomat with extensive academic and think tank experience. While serving as Ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna from 2012 to 2014, he became the Japanese Governor to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, President of the Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (2013–2014) and President of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission (2014).
From 2008–2012 Mr. Ozawa served as Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of South Africa, accredited also to Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland. From 2003–2006 he served as Ambassador (Deputy PR) to the United Nations when Japan was campaigning for and later serving in the Security Council and pushing for Security Council reform.
Mr. Ozawa served as Executive Director of Japan’s International Peace Cooperation Headquarters from 2006–2008 where he was responsible for dispatch of peacekeeping operations and other overseas peace missions. His earlier experience in the foreign ministry included security and economic relations with North America and with East Asia in general, as well as international law.
From 1999 to 2001, he was Acting Director of the Japan Institute of International Affairs, while concurrently serving as the Executive Director of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, Japan, and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, Japan. During this time, he engaged proactively in second track dialogues worldwide, and taught national security at Kyushu National University.
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