It is our pleasure to invite you to attend a virtual meeting, co-hosted by the Atlantic Council and Howard Baker Forum, on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time / Wednesday, November 24th, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. Japan Standard Time. The event will focus on Japan’s Sixth Basic Energy Plan and the role of nuclear energy in achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The audience will consist of American and Japanese government officials and energy industry stakeholders.

Ten years after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, many of Japan’s reactors remain offline. However, as Japan pursues an emissions reduction target of 46 percent by 2030 relative to 2013 levels, nuclear power’s ability to provide clean, reliable power has become increasingly appealing to policymakers. Japan’s Sixth Basic Energy Plan states that nuclear power will generate 20 to 22 percent of the country’s electricity by 2030, through an accelerated restart program for existing reactors.

The Howard Baker Forum, which sponsors the US-Japan Annual Washington Conference, provides a platform for examining specific, immediate, critical issues affecting the nation’s progress at home and its relations abroad. Established under the leadership of Senator Howard Baker, the Forum continues to organize a variety of programs and research projects to examine and illuminate public policy challenges facing the nation today.

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs by providing an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century. Through the papers it publishes, the ideas it generates, the future leaders it develops, and the communities it builds, the Atlantic Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more free, secure, and prosperous world.

Please join this conversation via the web application Zoom, which is accessible through your web browser, the Zoom desktop or mobile app, and by phone. If you wish to join the question and answer period, you must join by app or web. You must register to receive further information on how to join the virtual audience.


Opening remarks by

Scott Campbell
Howard Baker Forum

Masato Hirai
General Manager
Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan

Jon Ball
Executive Vice President of Nuclear Products
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Keynote address

Izuru Kobayashi
Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE)
The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI)

A conversation with

Clara Gillispie
Senior Advisor
National Bureau of Asian Research

Tobias Harris
Senior Fellow for Asia
Center for American Progress

Jane Nakano
Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Yasuo Tanabe
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (former senior executive, Hitachi)

Closing remarks by

Scott Campbell
Howard Baker Forum

Moderated by

Jennifer Gordon
Managing Editor and Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council Global Energy Center

Learn more about the Global Energy Center