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Talk @ Tokyo : the future of Nuclear Energy & Safety

Here is just a brief post to share the English version of the talk I gave in Tokyo past September on Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Safety.

The presentation aimed at answering the following questions:

  • Why Japan needs Nuclear Energy ?
  • Why Nuclear Energy needs a new generation of reactors ? (so called Fast Breeder Reactors)
  • What are FBR all about ?
  • What are the basic principles of Nuclear Safety, and how were they challenged during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima 1 NPP accident?
  • How “built-in safety” will improve it in the future ?



Proportionality should be a guideline in life (I)

Now, that is a pretty bold statement… yet basically a reformulation of a quote in one of my favorite movies of all time: “Proportionality should be a guideline in war” (R.S. McNamara, 4mins on YouTube).

The point though, is that application of such guideline shouldn’t be a privilege of war times, but a truly universal practice in life. However, it is for sure during hard times, emergencies, when “proportionality” becomes an imperious need to prevent problems growing into catastrophes. (more…)