‘Anti-Nuclear Movement in Japan post 3/11’

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Date(s) - 14/08/2012
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Monash Asia Institute, Room H5.95, Building H


Monash Asia Seminars – JSC Seminar Series

Professor Takao Takahara, Meiji Gakuin University, Faculty of International Studies

As Japan struggles with life following the 3/11 disaster, the traditional anti-nuclear movement is faced with new (and exciting?) challenges. In this presentation the speaker wishes to share questions discussed by proponents of nuclear disarmament in Japan over the past summer.

Takao Takahara is Professor of International Politics and Peace Research at Faculty of International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University. He also is a member of the International Peace Research Institute Meiji Gakuin University (PRIME), to which he formerly served as Director (2002-2004). Trained at the University of Tokyo (B.A. Politics, B.A. Public Law, and Assistant Researcher of International Politics 1979-1981), he has held Visiting Scholar positions at the Peace Studies Program, Cornell University (1991-93), the Program on General Disarmament, University of Maryland (2000-01), as well as at the University of Helsinki (2010) and Monterey Institute of International Studies (2011). He also was Visiting Professor at Hope College, Michigan (2005-06), where he taught for a semester on Peace Issues in Japan. Current research interests include delegitimizing nuclear weapons and demilitarization of international relations through civil societies. He is especially interested in demystification of the “nuclear umbrella” with a view to establishing a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Northeast Asia.