NPEC Hill Lunch Forum: US-Japanese Nuclear Cooperation And The Problem Of Plutonium

The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center

Date & Time

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

US-Japanese Nuclear Cooperation and the Problem of Plutonium?

                                   Tuesday, March 22, 2016

                                          Lunch - 11:30 am

                                           Panel- 12:00 pm

US Capitol Visitor's Center
Room SVC 215
First St NE, Washington, DC 20515


William Tobey, Senior Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center

Masakatsu Ota, Senior Editorial Writer for the Kyodo News

Fumihiko Yoshida, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

John Lauder, Former Director of the CIA Nonproliferation Center

Remarks by:

Congressman Brad Sherman


This forum will focus on one nuclear security issue that, while important, is sure to go unmentioned at the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit on March 31 - April 1: What are the diplomatic and regional security implications of Japan opening a reprocessing plant capable of producing more than 1,000 bombs' worth of plutonium per year at Rokkasho on the very eve of the US-Japan civilian nuclear cooperative agreement's renewal?

Most government officials assume that this agreement will be renewed automatically. More than a few outside experts and former senior officials, however, have voiced concerns that the opening of Rokkasho could spark a fissile materials competition with China and South Korea.

To clarify what's at stake and what alternative courses of action might be taken, NPEC has assembled a panel of Japanese and American experts. These include Fumihiko Yoshida, formerly the Deputy Director of The Asahi Shimbun, now resident at the Carnegie Endowment; Masakatsu Ota of Kyodo News; and William Tobey former Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration. In addition, Congressman Brad Sherman, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, will share his views.

Date & Time

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
First St NE, Washington, DC 20515 (map)
Room: SVC 215
Event Coordinator
J-D Kelley, [email protected], 5719703187


William Tobey
Harvard University
Senior Fellow
Fumihiko Yoshida
Visiting Scholar
John Lauder
CIA Nonproliferation Center
Director (Former)
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