The Role of Law and Lawyers for Disaster Victims: A UC Hastings-Waseda Symposium on the Legal Aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disaster – Introduction to the Symposium Issue
12 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2016
Date Written: February 8, 2016
The East Asian Legal Studies Program of the University of California Hastings College of the Law held a symposium on the legal aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station disaster of March 2011 on September 19, 2014. Professor Morris Ratner of UC Hastings presented a paper on similar events in the United States to provide a comparative perspective. Professor Eric Feldman of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Professor Takao Suami, Attorney Kenji Fukuda, and Professor Yoshitaka Wada of Waseda University Law School presented papers on the Fukushima disaster, with a focus on the plight of Namie town, one of the local municipalities where residents had been evacuated to all over Japan and even the local government was relocated to another town. The main organizer of the symposium was Senior Professor Setsuo Miyazawa of UC Hastings who is Senior Director of its East Asian Legal Studies Program. In this introduction, Miyazawa outlines issues, presents Ratner’s abstract and summarizes other four papers.
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