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Fukushima Daiichi Reflection

March 11, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

3119 Etcheverry Hall

Photo Credit to Sarah Stevenson

Eleven years have passed since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants has been progressing steadily. Professor Toru Obara's lecture will feature the current status of decommissioning. In addition, an introduction to the Nuclear Innovator Cultivation Program (NICP), an educational program launched at Tokyo Institute of Technology, will be given.

Japanese photojournalist Kazuma Obara will give a talk of individual stories of the local residents who have been confronting the damage of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe with his current and past photography since 2011. Obara has kept visiting and photographing the people in Fukushima for 10 years. He will also show video interviews which capture how Fukushima Daiichi nuclear workers and their families were confronted with the situation.


Photo Credit to Mr. Kazuma Obara

The event is scheduled for Friday, March 11th, 2pm-4:30pm in 3119 Etcheverry Hall.


2:00 – 3:00pm: Kazuma Obara

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Toru Obara

4:00 – 4:30 pm: Panel Discussion 

Kazuma Obara
Toru Obara
Haruko Wainwright
Per F. Peterson
Moderated by:
Raluca O. Scarlat

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webinar ID: 919 5526 7251


Photo Credit to Mr. Kazuma Obara


Toru Obara is a professor at the Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy, Institute for Innovative Research, and the Graduate Major in Nuclear Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology. His major research field is reactor physics. He is currently working mainly on the research of innovative fast reactor concepts and criticality safety during debris removal at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Kazuma Obara is a photojournalist based in Japan. In the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, he began to document the disaster area and was the first photojournalist to photograph inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Since then he has focused on labour issues in the nuclear industry in Fukushima and Chernobyl. Obara won the World Press Photo Award in 2016 for his series of Chernobyl pictures. In 2020, he received National Geographic COVID-19 emergency fund and documented the frontline of the pandemic in Japan.

Per F. Peterson holds the William and Jean McCallum Floyd Chair in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Chief Nuclear Officer for Kairos Power. At UC Berkeley he performs research related to high-temperature fission energy systems, as well as studying topics related to the safety and security of nuclear materials and waste management.

Haruko Wainwright is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. She received her MS in nuclear engineering in 2006, MA in statistics in 2010 and PhD in nuclear engineering in 2010 from University of California, Berkeley. Before joining MIT, she was a Staff Scientist in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and an adjunct professor in Nuclear Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on environmental modeling and monitoring technologies, with a particular emphasis on nuclear waste and nuclear-related contamination.

Raluca O. Scarlat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, heads the SALT Laboratory at University of California Berkeley, is the recipient of the ANS Mary Jane Oestmann Award, and has been named to the U.S. DOE Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee. Professor Scarlat has expertise in high temperature chemistry and materials for advanced reactors, reactor design and safety analysis, and engineering ethics.



March 11, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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3119 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 + Google Map

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Berkeley, California 94720

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