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2014/06/24 15:22 [Detail]
The Fukushima Disaster and Japan's Nuclear Plant Vulnerability in Comparative Perspective

Date/Time: Friday, July 11th, 2014

Place: A101 (Jin-Bun Shakai Gaku Kei A-To)

Subject: The Fukushima Disaster and Japan's Nuclear Plant Vulnerability in Comparative Perspective

Speaker: Phillip Y. Lipscy (Assistant Professor, Political Science and Thomas Rholen Center Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center Stanford University)

We consider the vulnerability of nuclear power plants worldwide to a disaster like the one that occurred at Fukushima Daiichi. The data shows that Japanese plants were relatively unprotected, but not uniquely so. Older power plants and plants owned by the largest utility companies appear to have been particularly unprotected.

Presentation will be given in English. No registration is required.

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2014/06/23 14:25 [Detail]
Report of CAJS lecture meeting: Anar Koli "Post-Kyoto Climate Policy Development in Japan: A Perspective from Global Environmental Policy Network in Japan"

Time: June 13 (Fri), 11:30 - 13:00

Location: Room A101, Jinsha building 

Presenter: Professor Anar Koli

Presentation title: Post-Kyoto Climate Policy Development in Japan: A Perspective from Global Environmental Policy Network in Japan

In a presentation titled 'Post-Kyoto climate policy development in Japan', Dr. Anar Koli (assistant professor, University of Tsukuba) compared the influence of economic and environmental interest groups on policy-making institutions in the late 2000s and early 2010s, against the background of a shift in Japan's environmental 'policy identity' from reducing emissions (in line with the Kyoto Protocol) to sustainable energy. Utilizing GEPON (Global Environmental Policy Network) data, Dr. Koli's study shows that economic groups had considerably greater access to relevant government ministries, resulting in the adoption of voluntary (rather than mandatory) approaches and lower emissions reduction targets. Also, Dr. Koli argues that the shift toward a more pro-business stance began before, but was reinforced by, the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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2014/06/09 17:09 [Detail]
CAJS lecture meeting: Anar Koli "Post-Kyoto Climate Policy Development in Japan: A Perspective from Global Environmental Policy Network in Japan"

CAJS lecture meeting is held at this Friday.

Time: June 13 (Fri), 11:30 - 13:00

Location: Room A101, Jinsha building 

Presenter: Professor Anar Koli

Presentation title: Post-Kyoto Climate Policy Development in Japan: A Perspective from Global                                           Environmental Policy Network in Japan

The presentation will be given in English.

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2014/06/03 15:14 [Detail]
Report of CAJS lecture meeting: Patricia L. Maclachlan "The Electoral Power of Japanese Interest groups: An Organizational Perspective"

On May 30, Professor Patricia Maclachlan from the University of Texas at Austin gave a talk on the political influence exerted by interest groups in Japan through case studies of the postmasters and agricultural associations. She stressed that while electoral theories predicted a decline in the power of these interest groups, they continue to have an impact at election time due to their extensive and deeply rooted grassroots organization, which serves the functions of not only voter mobilization but also coordination and monitoring. Professor Maclachlan also discussed the implications of a developing two-party system for, as well as possible future prospects of, interest group politics in Japan.

Date: May 30, 2014

Time: 11:30~13:00

Location: Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences A101

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