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Hiroshima Symposium on Nuclear Safety and Security Best Practices

June 26, 2013


Nobumasa Akiyama is an associate professor in the Graduate School of International Law at Hitotsubashi University and an adjunct research fellow for the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA). Previously he served as a senior research fellow at JIIA (2005-2007), and a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Law at Kyushu University (2005-2006). Professor Akiyama’s publications include “Fukuda Doctrine Revisited: Is There a Japanese Vision for Asian Regionalism?” in Aileen Baviera, ed, Regional Security in East Asia: Challenges to Cooperation and Confidence Building (The Asian Center Publication Office, University of the Philippines, 2008); and “Dynamics of Global-Regional Concerns on Proliferation: Who Should Be Responsible?” in N.S. Sisodia and A.K. Behuria, eds., West Asia in Turmoil: Implication for Global Security (New Delhi, Academic Foundation, 2007).
Video (audio translated from Japanese)


Scott D. Sagan is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute. He also serves as the co-chair of the American Academy of Arts and Science's Global Nuclear Future Initiative. Before joining the Stanford faculty, Sagan was a lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University and served as a special assistant to the director of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. He has served as a consultant to the office of the Secretary of Defense and at the Sandia National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Sagan is the author of Moving Targets: Nuclear Strategy and National Security (Princeton University Press, 1989), The Limits of Safety: Organizations, Accidents, and Nuclear Weapons (Princeton University Press, 1993), and with co-author Kenneth N. Waltz, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: An Enduring Debate (W.W. Norton, 2012).

Laurence G. Williams is the Professor of Nuclear Safety and Regulation in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire. He served as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations from 1998 to 2005 and was responsible for licensing all civil and some defense related nuclear installations in the Great Britain. In 2005 Laurence joined the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as the Director for Nuclear Safety and Security and became NDA’s Chief Engineer in 2007. Williams has worked with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency, the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Nuclear Regulators Association, the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association and numerous national nuclear regulatory authorities. As Chairman of the IAEA Commission on Safety Standards he was responsible for overseeing the development of international standards in the areas of nuclear safety, radiation protection, radioactive waste management and the transport of nuclear materials.

Robert Rosner is the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Physics at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as Founding Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC). He is former President of UChicago Argonne and former Director of Argonne National Laboratory. Previously, he served as Argonne’s Chief Scientist and Associate Laboratory Director in the Center for Physical, Biological, and Computational Sciences; Chairman of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago; and Director of the Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes at the University of Chicago. In 2004, he was the Rothschild Visiting Professor at the Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. His research is in the areas of plasma astrophysics and astrophysical fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics (solar and stellar magnetic fields, in particular); high energy density physics; boundary mixing instabilities; combustion modeling; applications of stochastic differential equations and optimization problems; and inverse methods. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He is a Fellow of the American Academy and serves as a member of the Academy’s Council. He is Senior Advisor to the Academy’s Global Nuclear Future Initiative.

Tatsujiro Suzuki is currently a Vice Chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission. Previously, he was the Associate Vice President of the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI), Japan, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics of Japan. He was a visiting professor of the Graduate School of Public Policy of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Suzuki holds a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Tokyo and MS in Technology and Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Suzuki is a former member of the Pugwash Council.
Video (audio translated from Japanese)

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