TEPCO and the Future of Energy Policy

By Kojiro Fujii, Barbara Judge and Tatsuo Masuda.

< Session Title >
G1 Global Conference 2014
Breakout Session I <B >
TEPCO and the Future of Energy Policy

< Date > September 15, 2013
< Venue > GLOBIS University, Tokyo Campus
< Duration > 1:15:52

< Session description >
Three and a half years after the 3/11 disaster and subsequent Fukushima accidents, Japan is yet to show a clear direction on its nuclear power policy, while TEPCO is still struggling with its own restructuring. What would be the best “energy-mix” for Japan, and what should be the role of nuclear power in Japan’s future energy policy? How can Japan ensure secure and sustainable energy supply that is vital to its economic recovery? In this session, the Deputy Chair of TEPCO’s Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee will be joined by experts on Japan’s energy security and energy trade.

Kojiro Fujii
Attorney-at-Law (Japan/New York), Nishimura & Asahi

Barbara Judge
Deputy Chair, TEPCO Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee

Tatsuo Masuda
Visiting Professor
Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Graduate School


Kojiro FUJII specializes in competition law and international trade laws and has handled a number of significant cases enhancing the Japan’s security of energy and natural resources. In this regard, his career in competition law includes successful counseling to complete international mergers contributing to increased efficiencies in nuclear power plants and fuel industries, and successful advocacy to block the two sets of mergers in the sector of natural mineral resources, which would have harmed the user industries in East Asia and EU. Until recently, he served as the deputy director in charge of trade dispute settlement at Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry in order to act on behalf of the Japanese government before the WTO tribunal involving China’s export restrictions of rare earths. He currently serves as one of the committee members of Energy and Law Study Group of the Institute of Energy Economics.

Lady Barbara Judge CBE is a corporate lawyer with both British and American citizenship. After receiving a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor with honours from the New York School of Law, she became a partner in a major US law firm. In 1980 she was appointed by the President as Commissioner of the US Securities & Exchange Commission. Subsequently, she was appointed the first woman director of News International and Samuel Montagu. In 2002 she joined the Board of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, elected as its Chairman from 2004 to 2010. Thereafter she was appointed Chairman of the Energy Institute of University College London and Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund. She is also Deputy Chairman of the Tepco Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee and Chairman of its Nuclear Safety Task Force, as well as a member of the UAE Advisory Board for the development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy, among others. She is also a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University. In 2010 she was awarded Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the nuclear and financial services industries.


Tatsuo Masuda is visiting professor at the Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Graduate School on energy/climate geopolitics. He also serves as board member of SOC Corporation (fuse manufacturer) in Tokyo, advisory board chairman of FairCourt Capital in London and senior advisor to Elion House in Singapore. He taught at Paris University-Dauphine on energy geopolitics and the Tokyo Institute of Technology on innovation. He has a long career in energy policy making and implementation at the International Energy Agency (1996-2001) and METI, and has energy business experience as Vice President of Japan National Oil Corporation (2002-2005). He speaks at international conferences on various topics ranging from energy and climate change to cultural issues. Currently, he is strongly interested in a new dimension of energy and environmental policies, and contributes to the World Economic Forum as member of the Global Agenda Council on Decarbonizing Energy.