Former Japanese prime minister to share lessons from Fukushima disaster on Tuesday


Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is visiting San Diego this week to share his perspectives on nuclear safety and the future of nuclear power.

Kan was prime minister in March 2011 when an earthquake and tsunami triggered the catastrophe at the Fukushima-daiichi nuclear plant. He was confronted by three reactor meltdowns and a nuclear crisis that persists to this day.

On Tuesday, June 4, Kan will speak in San Diego at a seminar, “The Fukushima-daiichi Nuclear Accident: Lessons for California,” from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, in the chambers of the San Diego County Supervisors, 1600 Pacific Highway, third floor. He will be joined by former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Gregory Jaczko, who led the commission during the Fukushima-daiichi accident.

Also speaking will be former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford, nuclear engineer Arnie Gunderson, and Kendra Ulrich, nuclear campaigner for Friends of the Earth.

The seminar is open to the public.

--Staff Reports