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Governing Complex Energy Systems: Challenges and Strategies for Japan and the UK

Chatham House, London

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John Swenson-Wright, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House
Barak Kushner, Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese History, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
Kazuto Suzuki, Professor, Public Policy School, Hokkaido University
Alistair Buchanan, Partner, KPMG LLP
Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman, Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation


This event will consider lessons from governance failure following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. It will highlight the role of popular opinion and interest groups in the debate, and discuss the nature of government decision-making in the country. In the run-up to the general election in the UK, the event will also consider issues of energy and democracy, both in the UK and Japan, to establish whether public needs can be reflected within current governance structures, and what the alternatives might be.

The event is co-hosted by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF) and supported by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. It forms part of RJIF’s project ‘Reviewing Japan’s Lost Decades’.