The Fukushima Global Communication Programme (FGC) is a research initiative of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). It applies a human security approach to examine impacts of the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident of March 11, 2011 on people and society, and the challenges of the recovery process in Fukushima. It also focuses on issues of risk and information provision, aiming to improve understanding of how the threat of radiation is perceived, and the specific challenges of risk communication related to nuclear energy. The programme is developed and implemented with financial support from the Government of Japan.
Research is conducted through fieldwork in Fukushima and a series of collaborative research workshops, aiming to share lessons learned from Japan’s experience with the international community, while also bringing relevant international expertise to Japan. The programme will produce policy recommendations for actors engaged in nuclear energy, disaster recovery and risk reduction, actively engaging with international debates such as the process to develop a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR).
Japan is facing difficult challenges in recovering from the compound disasters of March 11, 2011. These challenges cut across multiple policy areas and academic disciplines, raising complex social, economic, political, legal, scientific and environmental questions. The issues of protracted displacement, loss of livelihoods and uncertainty about the future are threatening the continuity of the affected communities. The consequences of the nuclear accident, such as radiological contamination and health concerns, are complicating the recovery process. At the same time, efforts to rebuild and enhance resilience for future disasters are focusing on infrastructure and technology, while social issues are neglected.
In researching these issues, the FGC programme adopts a human-centred perspective, drawing on the human security approach. This emphasizes the interdependence between the various dimensions of insecurity that disasters pose for people’s lives, offering a holistic lens for analysing different patterns of risks, vulnerability and agency that affect the post-disaster recovery process and discussion of nuclear energy. The FGC programme applies this approach through field research in Fukushima and a series of collaborative research workshops, engaging a broad network of both Japanese and international experts. In analyzing the reality of recovery in Fukushima and the changes in post-3.11 Japanese society, the programme also connects these issues with relevant international debates.
Kazuhiko Takeuchi is Senior Vice-Rector of United Nations University, Director and Professor of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) at the University of Tokyo. He has served, inter alia, as a chairman of the Central Environment Council, and a vice-chairman of the Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policies Council, Government of Japan, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sustainability Science (Springer).
Educated and trained as a geographer and landscape ecologist at the University of Tokyo, he engages in research and education on creating eco-friendly environments for a harmonious coexistence of people and nature, especially focusing on Asia and Africa. He leads the Satoyama Initiative as well as climate/ecosystem change research in Asia and Africa.
His recent publications include Satoyama-Traditional Rural Landscape of Japan (co-edited, Springer, 2003), Rebuilding the relationship between people and nature: The Satoyama Initiative (Ecological Research, 25, 891-897, 2010), Sustainability: Engaging in global change thorough harmonious adaptation in Asia (co-authored, Nova Acta Leopoldina, NF112, Nr. 384, 213-226, 2010), Sustainability Science: A Multidisciplinary Approach (co-edited, United Nations University, 2011), and Satoyama-Satoumi Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes of Japan (co-edited, United Nations University, 2012).
Nicholas Turner is a Programme Officer in the Director’s Office at UNU-IAS. His responsibilities include strategic management, programme and project management, liaising with UN and other organizations, research and funding development, institutional governance, reporting and communications. His own research interests lie in multilateral institutions, global governance, development, peace and security, human rights and ethics. Nicholas has published the peer-reviewed books World Religions and Norms of War (co-editor, UNU Press, 2009) and Foreign Direct Investment in Post-Conflict Countries (co-editor, Adonis & Abbey, 2010), as well as chapters in Human Rights Regimes in the Americas (UNU Press, 2010), Legality and Legitimacy in International Order (Oxford University Press, 2011) and An Institutional Approach to The Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2013), among others.
Nicholas holds an M.A. in International Relations (with Distinction) from the University of Kent at Canterbury, as well as a B.Sc. (Hons) in Business Administration and Computer Science. Prior to joining UNU he worked for local government and several NGOs in Hampshire and Kent, and for QinetiQ Group on the Defence Training Review programme for the British Armed Forces.
Ana Mosneaga is a lead researcher on the Fukushima Global Communication Programme. Ana is a migration policy specialist with core expertise in labour migration management. She holds a Ph.D. in human geography from the University of Copenhagen with a focus on the management of international student mobility as a subgroup of skilled migration. During her PhD, Ana was a guest researcher in the International Migration Branch of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva. Before joining UNU, Ana worked for the Immigration and Integration Unit of the Directorate-General Home Affairs of the European Commission in Brussels and held positions with multinational companies in Copenhagen. Additionally, Ana has studied in Japan, Australia and Norway and received her BA and MSc degrees in human geography with a focus on international development studies. Ana grew up in Kyoto and is a native speaker of Japanese.
Ana’s research interests include cross-cutting policy areas such as management of migration and mobility, employment creation and socio-economic development.
Akiko Sato is a member of the Fukushima Global Communication (FGC) Programme research team. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of California Los Angeles, and has specialized in behavioral sciences. She also gained urban planning expertise and has engaged in various community-based research projects that have equipped her with interdisciplinary skills to address public health issues. Akiko holds Registered Nurse licenses for both Japan and California (USA). Before joining UNU, she worked in the WHO Country Office in Ethiopia. Akiko is very passionate about contributing to the prevention and management of ill-health as well as the promotion of public well-being, particularly in vulnerable populations, such as children and disaster-affected communities. Her main research areas under the FGC programme are risk perception and communication within Fukushima Prefecture and beyond.
Christopher Hobson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the United Nations University, where he is contributing to the Fukushima Global Communication Programme. Dr Hobson has previously held academic positions at UNU-ISP (2010 – 2013), and the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University (2008 – 2010). He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of International Politics from The University of Melbourne, and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University.
Dr Hobson is the co-editor of two forthcoming books: Human Security and Natural Disasters and Human Security and Japan’s Triple Disaster: Responding to the 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis. Both will be published in early 2014 by Routledge. He has published articles in a range of leading International Relations journals, including: Review of International Studies, International Relations, Alternatives, and Millennium. He has also written a series of op-ed pieces on the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in Japan, which have appeared in The Japan Times and other online media.
For more information visit http://christopherhobson.net or follow him on Twitter at: @hobson_c
Asako Toyozumi is supporting project planning and implementation of the Fukushima Global Communication Programme
Kana Moy is providing various forms of administrative support to the Fukushima Global Communication Programme
Robert Blasiak is supporting the Fukushima Global Communication Programme’s English-language output as well as its website presence.
Graduated in 1978 from the Postgraduate course of Tohoku University, Engineering, worked as research assistant at the Faculty of Engineering, Tohoku University, as associated professor at Oyama National College of Technology, as visiting researcher at the University College of London, and as professor at Fukushima University and currently professor Emeritus, Fukushima University.
Served on the Promoting Committee of Compact City at Tohoku Regional Bureau, MoLIT, the Fukushima Prefecture Comprehensive Planning Council, the Fukushima Prefecture Reconstruction Committee for the 2011 East Japan Great Earthquake, and the FAIRDO Project at IGES.
She is professor at the Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences and the Institute for Gender Studies in Ochanomizu University.
She was as a chief of secretariat/project leader of five-year research grant funded by Ministry of Education of Japan, the 21st Century Center for Excellence Program- Frontiers of Gender Studies (F-GENS) from 2003 to 2008.
Prof. Tachi served as a director of the Institute for Gender Studies, and a chair of graduate programs of Gender and Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Gender Studies in Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences until March 2013. She was also nominated for an associate member of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science from 2006 to 2012.
Graduated the post-graduate course of the nuclear engineering at Nagoya University, and joined the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI). He was involving in researches on fuel and fuel cycle, especially on partitioning and transmutation of long-lived nuclides containing in spent nuclear fuels, and waste management for more than 35years. He also served as a guest scientist at the European Institute for Transuranium Elements from 1978 to 1979. He was a guest professor at the Center for the Integrated Research in Science and Engineering of Nagoya University from 1999 to 2001. He was the Executive Research Scientist at CRIEPI.
Dr. Inoue is serving as a technical advisor to the Team for Countermeasures for Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Treatment on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and also serving as an advisor to Fukushima Prefecture on remediation, and as a member of the remediation committees at local governments in Fukushima Prefecture. He is also serving as a consultant of Inter National Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He is the chair of the Fukushima Special Project and the Cleanup Committee of Atomic Energy Society of Japan.
He Joined the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health in 2012 as a Research Fellow for the Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health.
He served as Expert for JICA China Office, where his priority task was to establish and manage mental health and psychosocial support system in Sichuan Province responding to the Sichuan Earthquake in 2008. Prior to his work with JICA, he worked for World Health Organization as a Technical Officer in mental health in emergencies and engaged in development of policy guideline on mental health and psychosocial in emergencies responding to the Asian Tsunami in 2004.
He was also a research advisor for the Nagasaki Prefecture and City on health research on exposure to the atomic bomb. He holds PhD in Health Sciences and PhD in Medicine.
He published a number of papers including ”Persistent distress after psychological exposure to the Nagasaki atomic bomb explosion (The British Journal of Psychiatry.2011; 199, 411–416.)” and” Mental Health of Survivors of Human-Trafficking in Nepal (Social Science & Medicine. 2008; 66:1841-7), as well as books such as “Quality of Life (QOL) and Stigma. In Handbook of Disease Burdens and Quality of Life Measures, Springer, Heidelberg (2009)” and ”Sex Work and Human Trafficking. In: OKPAKU, S. (ed.) Global Mental Health. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (2013)” as books.
He started working for the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, in 1977, and was involved in climate change negotiations for several years. He also served as Environment Specialist at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Senior Environmental Coordinator of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNCHR), and Portfolio Manager of the Division of GEF at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Mr. Mori is a graduate of the School of Engineering, Kyoto University. He was a professor at Keio University from 2008-2010.
He has served as IGES President since 2010.
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