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Background to Leader Development Program
- Exhaustion of petroleum resources even as energy demand explodes in emerging economies
⇒The urgent issue of securing long-term stable energy supplies
・Many countries are pressing ahead with introduction of nuclear energy and
development of natural energy sources.
・Nuclear power plants have emerged as targets for terrorist attacks.
- G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit held in July, 2008
At the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, participants discussed the importance of safety, security (anti-terrorism measures) and safeguards (protective measures and prevention of nuclear proliferation).
⇒Japan announced a “safety, security and safeguards initiative.”
- Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, April 2010
⇒Japan announced the establishment of a support center to strengthen global nuclear security.
- Great East Japan Earthquake, March 11, 2011
A severe accident (large-scale nuclear hazard) occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.