Greetings from the President
The safe use of nuclear power and radiation is expected to play a vital role in the sustainable development of society. Nuclear power has been playing a certain role in the international community, including Japan, as a proven technology that contributes to carbon neutrality and energy security. However, further development is required in collaboration with other academic and technical fields. In addition, the use of radiation supports people's lives in various fields, including medical care and agriculture. Of course, such use is premised on public safety and environmental protection. We will contribute to the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Company and the promotion of revitalization in the surrounding area. In addition, while improving safety based on the lessons learned from the accident, we will seriously face novel issues and, will continue our efforts for the future through activities based on dialogue with society, activities for the benefit of society, and activities that are not bound by the framework of conventional nuclear community.
As important matters common to these efforts, I would like to stress four points.
The first point is to promote efforts for the future based on the lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident. In 2021 we investigated the degree of implementation of the AESJ Accident Investigation Committee’s recommendation, and decided to continue to work on dialogues with society and other academic and technical fields, promotion of safety research and provision of new knowledge, exchange of candid opinions, nuclear training and education, proposals for the national strategic energy plan, proposals to society and dissemination of information, Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning and revitalization support and so on. Based on this, the AESJ examined activities for the future and summarized them in recommendations recently. In addition, the Board of Directors requested young members recommended by all the research subcommittees, Young Generation Network, and Student Network to identify issues for enhancing the attractiveness of nuclear power and recommendations for solving them. Based on these, we will proceed with our efforts for the future.
The second point is information dissemination based on specialized knowledge, as well as activation of dialogue and exchange. There are issues related to nuclear power that cannot be fully considered within the conventional framework, and it is necessary to take flexible measures such as thinking with other academic societies, domestic and international institutions, and citizens according to the natures of the issues. The AESJ has been gaining such experience through activities related to Fukushima and exchanges in liaison meetings. More than 3,000 people have registered for the friendship program that started this year, and this means we have gained new points of contact with society. We hope that promoting dialogue and exchanges will contribute to society and will be momentums for creating new knowledge.
The third point is to respect diversity and create a place where more people can participate and grow. In tackling novel issues for the sustainable development of society, it is necessary to create value with flexible ideas. To that end, it is essential for diverse people to respect each other, participate, and enhance opportunities for growth, regardless of gender, age, race or religion, etc. We will promote diversity and inclusion initiatives.
The fourth point is to maintain a sound financial base. While reducing costs by improving efficiency such as the utilization of online conferences, we need to stop the decline in membership fee income. We believe that it is important to develop social contributions through nuclear power and radiation for the future, broaden the base of related communities, and increase the attractiveness of being a member of the AESJ.
I will do my best for the AESJ to contribute to society and become more attractive for society and for every one of you. I appreciate your support and cooperation.
- Yuichi Niibori, Tohoku University
- Chikako Iwaki, Toshiba ESS
- Hiroyuki Oigawa, Japan Atomic Energy Agency