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International Symposium “Atomic Energy and the Possibility of Participatory Technology Assessment”

November 20-21, 2010
Collaboration Room 2 and 3, 4F, Building 18, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo [MAP

13:00-16:40, November 20 (Sat), 2010
10:00-16:25, November 21 (Sun), 2010

Free Admission (no registration required)

Language: English (no interpretation)

Purpose of the Symposium:
Until now, nuclear power R&D in Japan has been a techno-scientific field in which public participation in the decision-making process was almost non-existent. However, some administrative organisations and atomic industries have recently begun to provide platforms for interaction with the public. Nonetheless, “opponents” of atomic energy have many doubts about these platforms because the sponsors and organisers are “nuclear power proponents”. The former criticise the latter for creating platforms premised on promoting nuclear power.
Who, then, would be an appropriate sponsor and organiser to enable more impartial and participatory atomic communication? Above all, is it really possible to establish a participatory atomic assessment system that is acceptable to both nuclear proponents and opponents? The purpose of this symposium is to discuss the possibility of a participatory atomic assessment that transcends a simple two-way antagonism between those for and those against.
However, it is probably not possible to find a unanimously acceptable “answer” during this two-day session, and providing the answer is not the symposium’s aim.
During the symposium each panellist will present their research on the relationship between nuclear power and society from the point of view of their own particular specialisation. If we are able to discuss the possibility of a participatory atomic assessment with all those present at the session, we will be able to say that we have achieved our objective.

November 20, 2010 (Collaboration Room 2)
  Opening Address  Kohji ISHIHARA (UTCP)
  Presentation of the Purpose of the Symposium  Masaru ISHIGAKI (UTCP)
  Individual Cognitions, Connections and Commitments in Participation
  Go YOSHIZAWA(University of Tokyo)
  Public Participation and Academic Freedom
  Kohji HIRATA(SOKENDAI, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
  The Third Way of Japan's Nuclear Policy: Based on Reality, Rationality, and Deliberative Democracy
  Tetsunari IIDA(Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies)
  The Economics of New-design Nuclear Power Plants
  Steve THOMAS(University of Greenwich)

*17:00-18:30 Social gathering (Open-Space, 4th Floor, Bldg. 18)

November 21, 2010 (Collaboration Room 3)
  “Participatory Fusion Communications” Concerning ITER Site Selection: A Comparative Study of the Cases in Japan and France
  Masaru ISHIGAKI(University of Tokyo)
  The Importance of Scientific NGOs and “Science and Technology” at the Japanese Bar
  Takeshi KOJIMA(Kyoto University)
  The Consensus Conference as a New Communication Procedure and Its Influences on Nuclear Power Issues Discussion: The Case of the Citizen’s Consensus Conference on National Electricity Policy in South Korea, 2004
  Seong-Jun KIM(Seoul National University)
  Public Opinions Concerning High-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Program in Japan
  Hiroshi KIMURA(University of Tokyo)
  Techno-political Reversibility as a Condition for Participation: The Case of French Nuclear Waste Policy
  Yannick BARTHE(Mines Paris Tech-CNRS)
  Panel Discussion  Facilitator: Takehiko HASHIMOTO (UTCP)
  Closing Address  Kohji ISHIHARA (UTCP)

Social Gathering:
17:00-18:30, November 20 (Sat), 2010
Open-Space, 4th Floor, Building 18, Komaba I Campus, University of Tokyo
(Fee: 2,000 yen)

N.B: It is not easy to find places to eat lunch around Komaba I Campus on Sundays. We suggest bringing your lunch with you. (Please use the Open-Space, 4th Floor, for eating and drinking.)

Organized by “Science, Technology, and Society” Program
the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP)


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