Details of the Initiative
I am continuing to pursue energy and environmental issues that I have been interested in since my student days. Originally, I specialized in research and development of nuclear energy, but I noticed various problems. In particular, since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in 2011, I have been conducting research with an awareness of the importance of social responsibility. Currently, I am researching evidence-based energy policies using AI, and quantitative energy and environmental policies based on cost-benefit analysis. I think that energy issues are not just environmental issues, but that they indicate the way of life as a person. Comprehensive knowledge and practical experience are required because the essential issues may be misjudged if you seek solutions based solely on technology, economics, institutions, policies, education, etc. In class, we not only acquire knowledge but also think together about what is necessary to achieve a better society. As part of our social contribution, we cooperate with ministries and agencies and media organizations. POlicy LAboratory for Research on CIvil Society and Science &Technology (POLARIS), of which I serve as the head, considers the relationship between advanced technology and society, and in cooperation with POLARIS, we conduct on-site surveys in Fukushima with seminar students, hold public lectures on science and society, and perform science experiments for children by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.