Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Power

Delivered by Adjunct Professor Richard Broinowski, University of Sydney

Monday 13 February 2012

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Bradley Forum, UniSA City West campus, Hawke Building level 5, 50-55 North Terrace, Adelaide

On 11 March 2011 a nuclear meltdown occurred in three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi complex in northern Honshu, Japan. This was Japan's worst nuclear accident. The Japanese power industry, government and people are currently assessing whether having one of the largest fleets of nuclear power stations in the world (54 until the accident), and moving towards autonomy in electricity generation, is worth the price being exacted. Richard Broinowski former diplomat, and now writer and academic in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney is currently writing his book on the situation, and will shed light on this perplexing scenario and its global implications.


Richard Broinowski (LLB, Adelaide 1961, MPA Harvard 1978) is a writer and academic in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. A diplomat from 1963 to 1998, he served Australia in Tokyo, Rangoon, Tehran and Manila. He was Australian Ambassador to Vietnam from 1983-85, to the Republic of Korea (1987-89), and to Mexico, the Central American Republics and Cuba from 1994 to 1997. He took a break from diplomacy in the early 1990s to be General Manager of Radio Australia.

Richard has published three books - A Witness to History: the life and times of Robert Broinowski (MUP 2000), Fact or Fission - the truth about Australia's nuclear ambitions (Scribe 2003), and Driven - an auto biography (HarperCollins 2009). He is currently writing a fourth book, about the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, yet to be titled, and due to be published by Scribe in 2012.

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