Information Sharing and Communication for Recovery in Fukushima — A Human Security Approach


  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•02•03    13:00 - 17:00

    Nearly three years after the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, more than 140,000 people are still living in shelters. There remains significant distrust of researchers and the government, due to improper information sharing and communication during and after the accident. A recovery in Fukushima based on safety and security will only be achieved by restoring trust in the government and scientists and, in a broader sense, ensuring the human security* of local residents.

    This international symposium will explore the vital role of information-sharing and communication, from a human security perspective. Discussions will approach the issue from various directions, drawing on scientific perspectives, local initiatives, and practices in Europe to investigate measures for effective reconstruction.

    This symposium will be co-organized by the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability Fukushima Global Communication Programme and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, with support from Fukushima Prefecture and Fukushima University.

    The event will be in English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation available. The results of the symposium will be disseminated in Japan and globally through the UNU website.


    Public participants are requested to register prior to the event. Please send an e-mail stating your full name, position held, organization, and contact information (email or telephone) to: IGES Sustainable Consumption and Production Area at by Wednesday, 29 January 2014.

    Provisional Programme: (English and Japanese)

    13:00–13:30  Opening Remarks

    • Dr. David Malone, Rector, United Nations University
    • Mr. Masao Uchibori, Vice-Governor, Fukushima Prefectural Government

    13:30–15:00  Keynote Speech

    • Prof. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Director General, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency
    • Prof. Miranda Schreurs, Professor, Free University of Berlin
    • Mr. Tamotsu Baba, Mayor, Namie Town in Fukushima Prefecture

    15:00–15:20  Break

    15:20–17:00  Panel Discussion


    • Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Senior Vice-Rector, UNU


    • Prof. Satoru Tanaka, Professor, University of Tokyo
    • Prof. Hiroshi Suzuki, Professor Emeritus, Fukushima University
    • Prof. Miranda Schreurs, Professor, Free University of Berlin
    • Mr. Yurii Kushnar`ov, First Secretary, Embassy of Ukraine to Japan “Fukushima-Chernobyl” Cooperation

    17:00  Wrap-up & Closing

    * The United Nations defines “human security” as: underscoring the universality and interdependence of a set of freedoms that are fundamental to human life: freedom from fear, freedom from want and freedom to live in dignity.

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