CIS Starr Forum
Japan's nuclear crisis and governmental response


                                          Fukushiima Daiichi power plant after the March 2011 9.0 earthquake and tsunami


Video of the Forum   Report at MIT News

Starr Forum: Japan's nuclear crisis 

Special forum co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies and the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Three MIT experts discuss Japan's nuclear past, present, and future from a political and engineering perspective. The presentation also includes an eyewitness account of the crisis and reflection on the Japanese government's response. 

Guest speakers

Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the MIT Center for International Studies; Kenneth Oye. Associate Professor of Political Science and Engineering Systems; Michael Golay. MIT Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering




Photo gallery 
New York Daily News photo collection
Earthquake/tsunami aftermath in Japan  



Why does Japan rely on nuclear power?
CNN Interviews Richard Samuels
15 March 2011

Japan has more than 50 nuclear power plants and had planned to build two dozen more by 2030, according to Samuels, who has written on Japanese energy and security policy. Japan relies heavily on nuclear power because of a lack of resources for other energy forms. CNN spoke with Richard J. Samuels, director of MIT's Center for International Studies.


Photocredits | Top: Tokyo Electric Power Company; Bottom L to R: Kyodo News AP; Nakata AP