Learning from a Disaster
Improving Nuclear Safety and Security after Fukushima
Edited by Edward D. Blandford and Scott D. Sagan



Nobumasa Akiyama is a Professor in the Graduate School of Law at Hitotsubashi University and an Adjunct Research Fellow for the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA). Previously, he served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, JIIA (2004–7), and a Lecturer at Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University (2001–4). His research focuses on the international non-proliferation regime and the nuclear order in northeast Asia. He received his Ph.D in law from Hitotsubashi University.

Edward D. Blandford is an Assistant Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico. His research focuses on reactor thermal-hydraulics in support of the safety of nuclear installations, probabilistic risk assessment and risk-informed design guidance, and physical protection strategies for future nuclear infrastructure. He received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Toshihiro Higuchi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Trained as an international environmental historian, Higuchi studies the problem of radioactive fallout to trace the changing interfaces among science, ethics, and politics in the globalizing twentieth-century world. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 2011.

Trevor Incerti is an Analyst at Compass Lexecon, an economic consulting firm. He previously served as a Researcher at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.

Kenji E. Kushida is the Japan Program Research Associate at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. Kushida’s research focuses on institutional and governance structures of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster; political economy issues surrounding information technology; political strategies of foreign multinational corporations in Japan; and Japan’s political economic transformation since the 1990s. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Phillip Y. Lipscy is Assistant Professor of political science at Stanford University. He is also the Thomas Rohlen Center Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His fields of research include international and comparative political economy, international security, and the politics of East Asia, particularly Japan. Lipscy obtained his Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University.

Michael May is Professor Emeritus (Research) in the Stanford University School of Engineering and Senior Fellow Emeritus with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. May is a director emeritus of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he worked from 1952 to 1988. May was a technical adviser to the Threshold Test Ban Treaty negotiating team; a member of the US delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks; and at various times has been a member of the Defense Science Board, the General Advisory Committee to the AEC, the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, the RAND Corporation Board of Trustees, and the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Sciences.

Kaoru Naito is former President of the Nuclear Material Control Center. He received a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Tokyo and a master of public systems engineering from the University of Michigan. He joined the Japanese government Science and Technology Agency in 1971, working mostly in the area of nuclear safety, security, and safeguards regulations. He was a Deputy-Director General when he left the government in 2001, after almost thirty years of service. Naito has also served with the IAEA two times, for a total of seven years. He served as a member of the Standing Advisory Group for Safeguards Implementation until 2006 and a member of the Advisory Group on Nuclear Security until 2014, both advisory bodies to the IAEA Director General. He is a fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Material Management.

Scott D. Sagan is the Caroline S. G. Munro Professor of Political Science, the Mimi and Peter Haas University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. He also serves as Project Chair for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Initiative on New Dilemmas in Ethics, Technology, and War. He is the author of Moving Targets: Nuclear Strategy and National Security (Princeton University Press, 1989); The Limits of Safety: Organizations, Accidents, and Nuclear Weapons (Princeton University Press, 1993); and, with co-author Kenneth N. Waltz, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: An Enduring Debate (W.W. Norton, 2012). Sagan was the recipient of the National Academy of Sciences William and Katherine Estes Award in 2015 and the International Studies Association’s International Security Studies Section Distinguished Scholar Award in 2013.

Kazuto Suzuki is Professor of international political economy at the Public Policy School of Hokkaido University in Japan. He served as a member on the Panel of Experts established pursuant to Resolution 1929 (2010) on Iran at the United Nations from 2013 to 2015. Suzuki graduated from the Department of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, and received his Ph.D. from Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, England. His research is focused on the transformation of national policies with a perspective on security, technology, and economy.

Gregory D. Wyss is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the Security Systems Analysis Department at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Wyss has worked in the areas of risk, reliability, and vulnerability assessment at Sandia National Laboratories for more than twenty-five years. He has performed risk assessment studies for nuclear reactors, space vehicle launches, nuclear test facilities, telecommunications facilities, and various other high-integrity and potentially high-consequence systems. His research interests include assessment of preattack planning, insider threats, decision support, and synergistic effects between cyber and physical security systems. Wyss holds a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.