Cornell University

Einaudi Center Distinguished Speaker: Naoto Kan

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Statler Hall, Alice Statler Auditorium

Naoto Kan, the Prime Minister of Japan from 2010-2011, will deliver a public lecture titled "The Truth about the Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima and the Future of Renewable Energy" on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Statler Auditorium.

On March 11, 2011, a massive undersea earthquake off Japan’s coast triggered devastating tsunami waves that in turn caused meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Ranked with Chernobyl as the worst nuclear disaster in history, the event will have consequences for generations.

When he took office, Kan supported the use of nuclear power. His position would undergo a radical change, however, as he watched the disaster unfold.

In his book My Nuclear Nightmare, published by Cornell University Press, Kan offers a fascinating day-by-day account of his actions in the harrowing week after the earthquake and tsunami. He records the anguished decisions he had to make as the scale of destruction became clear and the threat of nuclear catastrophe loomed ever larger—decisions made on the basis of information that was often unreliable.

Kan is an attorney and politician who served in several ministerial posts before becoming prime minister in 2010. He resigned in August 2011. He remains a member of the Japanese Diet (or parliament).

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, East Asia Program, Sustainability




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Heike Michelsen

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Naoto Kan

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Former Prime Minister of Japan

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wheelchair accessible, assisted listening devices available

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