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Symposium: Emergency proposals regarding measures for power shortages due to the East Japan Earthquake Held by the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan. Reports given by Professor Matsukata & Associate Professor Nakagaki of the Faculty of Science and Engineering

A symposium entitled "Emergency proposals regarding measures for power shortages due to the East Japan Earthquake-minimizing the need for schedule blackouts" (held by the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan) was held on April 18th in Masaru Ibuka Auditorium the Waseda University International Conference Center.

On March 28th, the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan announced emergency proposals (http://www.scej.org/content/view/1202/11/ for methods of overcoming the power supply shortages forecasted for this summer without resorting to large-scale schedule blackouts. The proposals were announced by Professor Masahiko Matsukata (Advanced Science and Engineering) and Associate Professor Takao Nakagaki (Creative Science and Engineering) of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, as well as by prominent writers. At the symposium, writers who participated in the development of proposals gave reports on specific future measures while also discussing legal and technological issue associated with power-saving measures.

Professor Matsukata explained the purpose and concept of the current plan. He noted the June, the month from which power demand begins to rise, will soon be upon us. "It will be too late unless we act quickly to repeal regulations, to formulate technological measures and to ensure safety," urged Professor Matsukata. "Instead of viewing power shortages as a problem unique to this summer, we must formulate measures which assume that such shortages will continue in the future. We should implement measures that provide incentives to save power, not penalties for failure to save power."

Associate Professor Nakagaki reported on a forecast for power supply this summer and for the next several years. He also explained the operational status of all power plants, including nuclear plants, thermal power plants and water power plants. Associate Professor Nakagaki's forecast gave a grim outlook. For example, numbers show that it is possible to supply 60 million-kW of power in the case of total mobilization for all power supply facilities. This would entail maintaining the current nuclear power output, restoring all thermal power plants and performing full operation at all water power plants. However, electric rates would increase due to fuel costs and CO2 emissions would increase. Furthermore, these negative effects would continue for a long period of time.

Symposium participants and lecture theme
Opening address Professor Shinichi Nakao (Kogakuin University)
Purpose and concept of symposium plan Professor Masahiko Matsukata (Waseda University)
Forecast for power supply this summer and for the next several years Associate Professor Takao Nakagaki (Waseda University)
Proposal of measures for this summer's power shortage Professor Michihisa Koyama (Kyushu University)
Scenario analysis of energy supply-demand structure in the near future Assistant Professor Yasunori Kikuchi (University of Tokyo)
Philosophy of the energy measure roadmap Project Lecturer Yuya Kajikawa (University of Tokyo)
General Q&A MC: Assistant Professor Yasuhiro Fukushima (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
Summary Associate Professor Yukitaka Kato (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Announcement regarding the holding of the symposium "Emergency proposals regarding measures for power shortages due to the East Japan Earthquake" (April 18th)