Energy Security after Fukushima

By Yoriko Kawaguchi, Nicholas Smith, Nobuo Tanaka and Kunihiko Shimada.

< Session Title >
G1 Global Conference 2013
Breakout Panel Session I <B >
Energy Security after Fukushima

< Date > September 16, 2013
< Venue > GLOBIS University, Tokyo Campus
< Duration > 1:19:50

< Session description >
Japan has not yet adopted a new national energy policy after the 3/11 disaster that caused the Fukushima nuclear accidents. While there is no "easy fix" to the question of sustainable energy supply, what should constitute short and long-term strategies for a resource-poor country? How can Japan achieve its energy security in the face of changing global supply demand balance? A former foreign minister and a former executive director of the IEA are among the panelists to discuss these topics.

Yoriko Kawaguchi
Visiting Professor, Meiji Institute for Global Affairs

Nicholas Smith
Strategist, CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets

Nobuo Tanaka
Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability,
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)

Kunihiko Shimada
Special Advisor to the Minister of Environment Japan
CEO, KS International Strategies, Inc.


Ms. Kawaguchi has been a Member of the House of Councillors for the Liberal Democratic Party since 2005. She was Co-chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament from 2008 to 2010; Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan, responsible for foreign affairs, from 2004 to 2005; Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2004 and Minister for the Environment from 2000 to 2002. Previously, Ms. Kawaguchi was a Managing Director of Suntory Ltd, Director General of Global Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, and Minister at the Embassy of Japan to the United States. Ms. Kawaguchi holds an M.Phil in Economics from Yale University and a BA in International Relations from the University of Tokyo. In 2008, Ms. Kawaguchi was awarded Yale's Wilbur Cross Medal.

Nicholas Smith is Japan Strategist for top-ranked Asian research house CLSA Securities. He has been a resident of Japan for a quarter century. He spent the Nineties with Jardine Fleming Securities, where he was a topranked Oil & Chemical analyst and headed up their global team. He spent much of the Noughties in hedge funds, first at Penta Investments then setting up Falcon Pacific with former Penta colleagues.

Nobuo Tanaka is currently the Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) since September 1 of 2011. He is also Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo as of April 1, 2013. As Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to 2011, he oversaw a seminal period in the Agency’s work and direction. Under his leadership, the IEA initiated a collective release of oil stocks in June 2011. He also played a crucial
and personal role in the strengthening of ties with major IEA non‐Member energy players, including China, India, Russia and South Africa. He began his career in 1973 in
the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Tokyo, and has served in a number of high‐ranking positions in METI, including Director‐General of the Multilateral Trade System Department and Director for International Nuclear Energy Policy of the Natural Resources and Energy Agency. He was deeply engaged in a range
of trade and economic issues with the US as Minister for Industry, Trade and Energy at
the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC from 1998 to 2000. He has also served as Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris‐based international organization, OECD before the appointment to the IEA.


Mr. Kunihiko Shimada is a globally-known negotiation strategist and professional mediator/moderator/facilitator.
He serves as CEO of KS International Strategies, Inc., consulting/advisory firm for public and private sectors on global affairs, including environment and energy issues.
He also serves as Special Adviser to the Minister of Environment and plays the role as a lead negotiator on climate change.
Prior to those, he served as Principal International Policy Coordinator and Negotiator at Ministry of the Environment and contributed to establish negotiation strategies for climate change and biodiversity negotiations, including his role as Executive Assistant to the President of COP10 (biodiversity) in Nagoya.
Before joining Japanese government, Shimada was a lead mediator for peace and security at the UN and mediated several cases, including Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Currently, he appears on CNN, BBC and France 2 as a commentator on global affairs as well as provides professional training on negotiation skills and public speaking at various schools and firms.