Late Breaking Event: Japan in Crisis
Please join us for this late-breaking discussion on Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, the ongoing nuclear crisis, Japan's political leadership, and implications for Asia and the US. The issues at hand are complex and fast moving and analysis and media coverage widely diverge. This program features prominent experts who will cut through the chaff and give us their assessment of what is really happening on the ground. The program will also highlight relief efforts and what the public can do to support them.
Joonhong Ahn is Professor of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley. Born and raised in Japan, Professor Ahn is one of the world's leading authorities on nuclear power, the nuclear power system in Japan, and radioactive waste disposal. He taught at the University of Tokyo before joining the Berkeley faculty.
Chuji Ando (Q & A only) is a Colonel in Japan's Self Defense Forces. He is currently researching security issues in Northeast Asia, including Japan's relationship with a rising China. His operational tours include flying F-4EJ fighter aircraft and commanding an F-4 squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan. He has also conducted joint/bilateral operations with US forces.
Dr. Steven K. Vogel is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in the political economy of advanced industrialized nations, especially Japan. He is the author, most recently, of Japan Remodeled: How Government and Industry Are Reforming Japanese Capitalism.
Other speakers TBA.
Co-sponsored by Give2Asia, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association of Northern California (JETAANC), Japan Policy Research Institute, Japan Society of Northern California, Mechanics Institute, Nautilus Institute, UC Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies, USF Center for the Pacific Rim.
Special thanks to K&L Gates for its generous support.