Information Sharing and Communication for Recovery in Fukushima — A Human Security Approach

  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•02•03    13:00 - 17:00


    • Organizers: UNU-IAS
    • Co-Organiser: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
    • Supporters: Fukushima Prefecture, Fukushima Future Center for Regional Revitalization at Fukushima University, Institute of Environmental Radioactivity at Fukushima University
    • Language: English and Japanese(simultaneous interpretation will be available)

    Nearly three years after the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, more than 140,000 people are still living in shelters. There remains significant distrust of researchers and the government, due to improper information sharing and communication during and after the accident. A recovery in Fukushima based on safety and security will only be achieved by restoring trust in the government and scientists and, in a broader sense, ensuring the human security* of local residents.
    This symposium will explore the vital role of information-sharing and communication, from a human security perspective. Discussions will approach the issue from various directions, drawing on scientific perspectives, local initiatives, and practices in Europe to investigate measures for effective reconstruction. The symposium is part of UNU’s Fukushima Global Communication Programme, which provides a platform for sharing information on the nuclear accident. The results of the symposium will be disseminated in Japan and globally through the UNU website.
    The Fukushima Global Communication Programme (FGC)
    Recognising that the situation after the nuclear accident must be looked at from a human security* perspective, UNU initiated its Fukushima Global Communication Programme in 2013 to promote international dissemination of reliable information on the situation and challenges in Fukushima. For more information, please visit the programme website at:
    * The United Nations defines “human security” as: underscoring the universality and interdependence of a set of freedoms that are fundamental to human life: freedom from fear, freedom from want and freedom to live in dignity.


    Public participants are requested to register prior to the event. Please send an e-mail stating your full name, position held, organisation, and contact information (email or telephone) to: IGES Sustainable Consumption and Production Area at by Wednesday, 29 January 2014.

    Draft Programme


    Opening Remarks

    • Dr. David MaloneRector, United Nations University (UNU)
    • Mr. Masao UchiboriVice-Governor, Fukushima Prefectural Government

    Keynote Speech

    • Prof. Hiroyuki YoshikawaDirector General, Center for Research and
      Development Strategy (CRDS), Japan Science and Technology Agency
    • Prof. Miranda SchreursProfessor, Berlin Free University
    • Mr. Tamotsu BabaMayor, Namie Town in Fukushima Prefecture



    Panel Discussion


    • Prof. Kazuhiko TakeuchiSenior Vice-Rector, UNU


    • Prof. Satoru TanakaProfessor, University of Tokyo
    • Prof. Hiroshi SuzukiProfessor Emeritus, Fukushima University
    • Prof. Miranda SchreursProfessor, Berlin Free University
    • Mr. Yurii Kushnar`ovFirst Secretary, Embassy of Ukraine in Japan “Fukushima-Chornobyl” Cooperation


    Wrap-up and Closing

  • Hotel Tatsumiya (Fukushima City)