CNIC SYMPOSIUM: Nuclear Crisis and Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy: Implications of the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant Operation

   ~ Symposium to Commemorate the Launch of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Special Site of the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center

In recent years, the situation regarding nuclear weapons has become increasingly tense: in 2019, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty expired; in 2021, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia signed AUKUS including support the development and deployment of nuclear submarines by Australia; in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Russian government has indicated that it is prepared to use nuclear weapons.
Against this backdrop, Japan plans to complete the construction of the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant in 2022, after many years of repeated delays.
This symposium will consider the significance of the operation of the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant in today’s nuclear crisis and what was supposed to be the “peaceful use” of nuclear energy.
(This event is supported by Act Beyond Trust.)

1. Frank von Hippel (Princeton University) Ukraine invasion and reprocessing
2. Alan J. Kuperman (University of Texas) Nuclear Facilities and Terrorism
3. Kang Jungmin (Independent Analyst, Former Director of the Korean Nuclear Safety and Security Commission) Risk of missile attack on nuclear facilities
4. Aileen Mioko Smith (Green Action, Kyoto) Domestic and international implications of operating the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant

Presentations will be followed by a Panel Discussion and Q&A session

Simultaneous interpretation (Japanese ⇄ English) will be provided

The symposium is free of charge but donations to CNIC are welcome

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