A Safe & Sustainable Future: Making a Case for Nuclear Energy in Japan

A presentation and discussion of the merits of nuclear power, by Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency

The Harvard Club of Japan is pleased to present a talk by Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, who will present his thoughts on the energy landscape and his case for the future role of nuclear energy in Japan.

Mr. Tanaka’s thesis is that the risks of oil in terms of dependency on the Middle East and the impact on climate change suggest that nuclear power needs to be considered as a viable option for Japan.

He will present his views on the state of the nuclear industry and the energy needs of Japan, and follow his talk with a Q&A session.

We hope you will join us for this unique occasion for HCJ members to discuss this provocative and important topic with an expert in the field.


TIME and DATE: Monday, June 13th, 19:00 – 21:00 (Doors open at 18:30.)  


PLACE:  Roppongi Hills Club

Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 51st Floor, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku 

Map: http://www.roppongihillsclub.com/visitor/dfw/rhc/jp/common/pdf/map.pdf


ADMISSION: 5,000 JPY for buffet dinner. Cash bar available.


REGISTRATION: Please use the form on the right of this page.

Please register by June 9. Cancellations after 17:00 on June 9 will be charged full price, with no exceptions.

Note that after your registration a confirmation will appear on-screen, but NO ADDITIONAL CONFIRMATION EMAILS WILL BE SENT.  


For questions and inquiries, please contact Shigetaka Seki at: Shigetaka_Seki@alumni.harvard.edu



Nobuo Tanaka is President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation as of April 1st, 2015.  As Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to 2011, he oversaw a seminal period in the Agency’s work and direction.  Under his leadership, the IEA initiated a collective release of oil stocks in June 2011.  He also played a crucial and personal role in the strengthening of ties with major IEA non-Member energy players, including China, India, Russia and South Africa.  He began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Tokyo, and has served in a number of high-ranking positions in METI, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department and Director for International Nuclear Energy Policy of the Natural Resources and Energy Agency.  He was deeply engaged in a range of trade and economic issues with the US as Minister for Industry, Trade and Energy at the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC from 1998 to 2000. He has also served as Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris-based international organization, OECD before his appointment to the IEA.