Reports by Liaisons (in Japanese) are archived here.

2007

Dr. Takuya Abe, September 8, 2007 -- October 5, 2007

Dr. Takuya Abe is an assistant professor of Nuclear Professional School, the University of Tokyo. His research field is environmental radioactivity relevant to radiation protection. His interests are environmental monitoring, radiation measurement techniques especially extremely-low radioactivity counting and radiation shielding. Now, he is trying to do research on quantitative procedure of activity of activated concrete which was used for shielding material at nuclear/radiation facility. Accurate estimation of such activated material is very important and is of advantage in the stage of dismantling of nuclear/radiation facility in order to examine amount of radioactive waste carefully.

He stayed at UCBNE for three weeks (Sep. 15, 2007---Oct. 5, 2007) to develop a plan for the workshop "Joint International Workshop: Nuclear Technology and Society - Needs for Next Generation" held in Jan. 2008. At first, He felt disturbed by the very important task. He did not understand exactly what he should do there because he is the first member of liaison office for GoNERI at UCBNE. However, with great help from Professor Ahn (Department of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley), he hardly carried out his duty. He always thinks that he had marvelous opportunity to feel the atmosphere of an American University in this visit!

Mr. Satoshi Ikejiri, October 2, 2007 -- November 10, 2007

Mr. Ikejiri is a research associate of Nuclear Professional School, the University of Tokyo. His research interest is safety of the supercritical water cooled fast reactor and numerical methods for two-phase flow dynamics. His current work is "Loss of coolant accident" analysis for the supercritical water cooled fast reactor.

In UCB, he got opportunity to know quality of the UCB students and the way to collaborate in the different study field. To achieve the goal of GoNERI project, he actively takes communication with other laboratories in Japan.


Dr. Takumi Saito, November 25, 2007 -- December 21, 2007

Dr. Saito is an assistant professor of Department Nuclear Engineering and Management, the University of Tokyo. His research interest is geochemistry for the understanding of environmental behaviors of toxic chemicals such as heavy metals, man-made organic compounds, and, of course, radionuclides. He actively works in the field of nuclear waste disposal, especially, from the scientific point of view. He stayed at UCBNE for one month in 2007 as a liaison of the GoNERI program. Because of his rather scientific standing point in nuclear technology, this stay reminded him of the importance and necessity of the engineering and social aspects. It was also good experience for him to see the differences in education and research in nuclear engineering between US and Japan.

2008

Dr. Takuji Oda, January 3, 2008 -- February 10, 2008

Dr. Takuji Oda is an assistant professor at Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, the University of Tokyo. He was educated at the University of Tokyo and acquired PhD degree in 2007. His research field is material science/engineering relevant to nuclear fusion reactors and fast breeder reactors. His interests include tritium behaviour, radiation response and diffusion processes in metals and metal oxides. From 2008, with initiation of the Global Center-of-Excellence (GCOE) Program in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, he joins activities pertaining to societal aspects of nuclear energy (public understanding, social-science education in engineering department, etc) and proliferation resistance of nuclear fuel cycles.

Social aspects of nuclear energy: His interests to social aspects of nuclear energy were stimulated by talks with Prof. Ahn (Department of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berlekey), when he visited UCB Jan.-Feb. in 2008. Because he had studied mainly material science and engineering in his research career, he was first puzzled by the difference of thinking way between engineering and social science. After coming back to Japan, he joined periodical workshops for understanding/experiencing what is social science and what are problems relevant with "nuclear energy in society". In the workshops, he met and talked with social scientists, engineers, and an NPO activist, and then recognized a variety of viewpoints and values. Honestly speaking, he is now confused: why nuclear is needed?, how to communicate with (not "educate") public people?, what is nuclear engineering?, and so on. In cooperative activities with UCB under GCOE program, he wants to determine his own attitude towards "nuclear energy in society" through a multifaced consideration.

Dr. Naoko Iyomoto, February 7, 2008 -- March 27, 2008

Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo

Dr. Daisuke Kawasaki, April 7, 2008 -- June 21, 2009

Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo (Now at Quintessa Japan)

Daisuke Kawasaki obtained Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2005. He was back in Berkeley this time as a liaison of GoNERI Program while mentoring the students as an assistant professor in the University of Tokyo. He helped organizing and participated in a number of events hosted by GoNERI Program and UCB-NE department. His field of interest is radioactive waste management including performance assessment of radioactive waste disposal system and analysis of nuclear fuel cycles. His special interest is recently placed in stochastic modeling of radionuclide migration in groundwater.

2009

Ms. Chisato Katsuki, July 6, 2009 -- June 30, 2010

Researcher, GoNERI, The University of Tokyo

Chisato Katsuki used to work as a researcher in a private research institute until the end of March 2008. Her basic interest is in communication problems between different cultures. In this sense, communication problems caused in-between nuclear industrial field and public, is a kind of problems caused by different cultures that are "culture of public people", and "culture of nuclear scientific community." She is working on research of people who are doing "translator" of nuclear power plants' technology to the public for these 4 years. People, who are not scientists, but help people to understand something about power plants is a good solution for better understanding of nuclear power plants in Japan. Her recent site visit report is here.

2010

Mr. Kohta Juraku, May 17, 2010 --

Project Assistant Professor, GoNERI, The University of Tokyo

PhD Candidate, Information Studies, The University of Tokyo, 2008
Master of Arts and Science, Information Studies, The University of Tokyo, 2005

The research field of Mr. Juraku is sociology of energy technologies, especially centering around the social decision-making process on the introduction of energy technologies. He has analyzed the siting process of energy facilities, such as nuclear power plant and wind power facilities, in local area by sociological case studies. One of his case analyses on nuclear plant siting was published in the 1st issue of EASTS (East Asian STS) journal. After he joined the GoNERI program, the interdisciplinary and international project which includes social studies of nuclear technologies, he has also worked for the development of education program for technical people on the social aspects of science and technology. He is now preparing his dissertation which includes a comparative sociological analysis of the formatted structures of institutional processes and the local cases of social decision-making processes for the siting of energy facilities.

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