Day 2 – 第2回

I was fortunate enough to be present for today’s Session 4: Nuclear Safety and Security. Mr. Gustavo Caruso, Head of the Nuclear Safety Action Team with the IAEA, gave an exciting talk on the background of the IAEA and the role of the organization following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) accident. I was informed of the tireless efforts of the IAEA to ensure the safety of NPPs, and came to realize the importance of disaster preparation and NPP safety. A thorough review of the rules and regulations governing NPPs and an increased role for the IAEA in the process appeared a great idea to me!

Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkin’s presentation on Nuclear Terrorism highlighted to me the serious threats posed by nuclear terrorism not only in Asia, but across the entire globe. Just the terms ‘nuclear weapons’ and ‘terrorists’ used in the same sentence function as a reminder of the potential fallout if the two were ever truly combined. For this reason, initiatives such as Resolution 1540 should be pursued with the utmost priority.

Mr. Miles Pomper’s presentation illuminated an interesting and personal issue for me – the ongoing reprocessing of nuclear fuel in Japan when the future of nuclear power in the country remains uncertain. It seems to me that, as the country seeks to recover from the Fukushima fallout, it is only digging deeper the hole from which it is trying to escape. Similarly, increasing domestic stocks of plutonium surely functions as a poor example for other countries.

The notion of a ‘nuclear renaissance’ strikes me as a real concern following the Fukushima accident – it seems odd to me that though the world should be more alert to the dangers associated with nuclear power, countries continue to increase their reliance on it in order to meet new demands when they should be seeking sustainable and renewable sources of energy. The emergence of certain international developments that could damper the nuclear renaissance provided me with a slight relief, though I do hope the advent of a ‘nuclear renaissance’ never comes to be.Through the images on her presentation slides, Ms. Kay Kitazawa drove home the lessons of 03/11/2011 and the Fukushima fallout.

I’ve learned that the issues associated with nuclear technology run deep and are not only limited to civilian uses of nuclear energy. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative are just two of many efforts made in an attempt to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Today reminded me that even though a world free of the risks associated with nuclear weapons and a reliance on nuclear energy is a long way off, we must continue to believe and never lose hope!

Your student blogger,








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