Learning from Fukushima: Nuclear Power in East Asia


Event details

IR Book Launch

Date & time

Monday 23 October 2017


Atrium, Hedley Bull Building #130, corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra


Launched by Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki Laureate Fellow, School of Culture History and Language, The Australian National University


Bell School

Learning from Fukushima began as a project to respond in a helpful way to the March 2011 triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown) in north-eastern Japan. It evolved into a collaborative and comprehensive investigation of whether nuclear power was a realistic energy option for East Asia, especially for the 10 member-countries of ASEAN, none of which currently has an operational nuclear power plant. We address all the questions that a country must ask in considering the possibility of nuclear power, including cost of construction, staffing, regulation and liability, decommissioning, disposal of nuclear waste, and the impact on climate change. The authors are physicists, engineers, biologists, a public health physician, and international relations specialists.

Each author presents the results of their work.

Andrew Blakers, Mely Caballero-Anthony, Gloria Kuang-Jung Hsu, Amy King, Doug Koplow, Anders P. Møller, Timothy A. Mousseau, M. V. Ramana, Lauren Richardson, Kalman A. Robertson, Tilman A. Ruff, Christina Stuart, Tatsujiro Suzuki, Julius Cesar I. Trajano

Peter Van Ness is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of International Relations, The Australian National University.

Mel Gurtov is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University, Oregon.

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