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Lecture Series: Taro Kono on “Japan’s Energy Challenges after Fukushima”

Yellow radioactive waste barrel against blue sky.

January 26, 2015

As part of the 2014-2015 Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series, Taro Kono gave a talk about Japan’s changing energy dynamics in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Taro Kono is a member of the Japan National Diet House of Representatives. A graduate of Georgetown University in
Washington, DC, Rep. Kono is currently serving his 6th term in office. Kono has championed consumer issues in LDP and successfully established the new labeling rules on Genetically Modified Organisms. He sponsored the Consumer
Protection Law of 2004 and enacted the Anti-Skimming Law of 2005, and has played a leading role in the passage of legislation on various environmental issues including leading the debate on global warming issues. His criticism of Japan’s nuclear policy and his opposition to the building of new nuclear power plants has been in the spotlight since the 2011 disaster.