14:20 Talk Can the Japanese People Stop Nuclear Power?, by Kjeld Duits and Naoko Richters

Three years since the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japan’s energy police is at a crucial turning point. The majority of Japan’s citizens want nuclear power to be faced out. But Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is working on a quick return to nuclear power and export of nuclear technology. Although the country saw record breaking public protests against nuclear power, an increasing number of Japanese citizens now feel powerless. Rural areas where the nuclear plants are located are still fighting back, but weekly anti-nuclear protests in Tokyo have become tiny.

What has happened in the past three years and were does Japan now stand on its decision to give up nuclear power? Will Prime Minister Abe lead the country back into dependence on nuclear energy? Is there still hope for Japanese citizens to end nuclear energy in Japan?

Netherlands based Japanese author Naoko Richters and Japan based Dutch journalist Kjeld Duits will explore these and other questions in a 1 hour talk. Naoko Richters has written several books about differences in education and civil society between the Netherlands and Japan. Kjeld Duits reports on Japan for NOS and NRC-Handelsblad.

Kjeld Duits
Born in Zaandam, Kjeld left the Netherlands in 1979 for two years of travel until  eventually settling down in Japan in 1982. The Kobe Quake of 1995 launched him on a new career as a journalist and photographer when he saw his adopted hometown in ruins. Since then, he has worked as a Japan Correspondent for Dutch news media such as NOS and NRC-Handelsblad as well as news media worldwide.

Naoko Richters
A freelance researcher and consultant who focuses on the developments in the Dutch and Japanese education and society. Involved in research projects at several Japanese universities and the Japanese government, Naoko gives lectures and workshops throughout Japan and writes columns for Japanese newspapers and magazines. After the Great Earthquake and nuclear accident in Japan in March of 2011, she has continued to give lectures and workshops related to citizenship education focused on the disaster and its social consequences.