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Selected recent activities since 2020-2022, click here for blog
A Springer book on risk communication (published in 2018) is an open access book for free-download. Nishizawa has contributed to a chapter on Fukushima Nuclear Accident and communication issues. Click → HERE (for URL and document download)
IAEA Publication ” RISK COMMUNICATION AS A KEY DRIVER
FOR FOSTERING A MORE RESILIENT SAFETY CULTURE: Two empirical cases from Japan in the post-Fukushima accident period” pp135-152.
Published in the IAEA Proceedings published in 2019, HUMAN AND ORGANIZATIONAL
ASPECTS OF ASSURING NUCLEAR SAFETY —EXPLORING 30 YEARS
OF SAFETY CULTURE : PROCEEDINGS OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY AND HELD IN VIENNA, 22–26 FEBRUARY 2016
Global Research and Consultancy
Dr Nishizawa has spend 10 years in Europe for her research. She earned her PhD from Imperial College London in 2003 on risk policy and communication from the School of Humanities. She continued her research in Stuttgart, Germany until 2005.
Litera Japan provides advisory services to private firms and public organisations on risk-related issues in the fields varying from foods, dietary suppliments, agricultral products, chemicals, radioactive materials to energy.
She has acted as a consultant at IAEA on emergency communication and stakeholder involvement since 2016 and an external partner at Dialogik gGmbH, a non-profit organisation led by Professor Ortwin Renn since 2000.
Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee at TEPCO
Nishizawa is a committee member of the Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee of the Tokyo Electric Power Company, a third party advisory panel to the Management Board of the company since April 2021. After the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, the firm is undergoing reforming process to secure nuclear safety and instill nuclear safety culture.
The latest committee meeting in 2022 from a click here
A selected newspaper article coverage on the meeting as follows (Deepl translated from 東京電力「原子力改革監視委員会」が開催 | 原子力産業新聞 (jaif.or.jp)
TEPCO ‘Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee’ meets
09 Mar 2022
Nuclear Reform Oversight Committee Chairman Klein, Commissioner Sakurai, Commissioner Nishizawa and Commissioner Shakarami at the press conference (clockwise from top left, webcast).
A meeting of the Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee, an advisory body established by TEPCO’s Board of Directors, was held on 9 March.
The committee is an organisation that monitors, makes recommendations and communicates from an external perspective towards the realisation of the nuclear safety reforms being undertaken by TEPCO, and this was its first meeting since January 2021. After the meeting, Dale Klein (former Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)), who chairs the committee, attended a press conference and received a report from TEPCO on the status of its nuclear safety reform efforts, which are based on the three pillars of safety awareness, technical capability and dialogue. He explained that he commented on (1) active involvement, (2) improved communication, (3) restoring public trust through maintaining high standards of behaviour, and (4) each person’s safety-first attitude. The Commission will receive another report on the progress of the reforms by the first half of 2022.
The committee appointed Amir Shakarami (former senior vice-president of Exelon Nuclear) and Mariko Nishizawa (representative of Reterra Japan) as committee members in April 2021, following the death (August 2020) of Barbara Judge, who was vice-chair of the committee. Ms Nishizawa, who specialises in risk communication, stressed the importance of dialogue during the press conference in relation to the handling of treated water generated at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, saying that “the first step is for the communicator to stand in the other person’s shoes and understand ‘what they are worried about and what they want to know’.
At the press conference, questions were also raised about Russia’s attack on Ukraine’s nuclear facilities, with Klein expressing condemnation of what he described as “very irresponsible behaviour” and adding that the nuclear power plants operating in Ukraine “are not designed to be attacked by missiles, but they have robust containment vessels, and they have the capacity to withstand a missile attack”. The system is designed to contain the dispersal of radioactive material in various scenarios. In addition, he added: “We just hope that there will be no further attacks”.
Education and Training
Dr Nishizawa currently teaches technology and ethics at the Graduate School, University of Tsukuba. She taught at distinguished national universities such as Universiy of Tokyo and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Titech) on risk management and policy. At Titech she has give a series of lectures on nuclear safety for Japanese and foreign students in English. AT the MBA course at BBT, she contributed to a class on technology and society.
Litera Japan provides tailored training for public/government institutes such as Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority and Jaguar/Landrover on risk and crisis information delivery and stakeholder dialogue. Dr Nishizawa gives regular training courses and talks at a number of unversities/international bodies/ministries/corporations on risk/crisis communication and management.
Recently, Nishizawa is regularly teaching at the communication training programme (funded by MEXT and a joint programme with the IAEA) at Wakasawan Energy Centre/Fukui for regulatory personnels and future leaders from Middle East and Asian countries since 2018.
She is a regular guest lecturer at overseas universities such as the Taiwan National University.
COVID-19 Related Activities: Cheer the night district, save the community 2020-2021
An emergency action to support businesses in the midst of the COVID-19. We are currently running a project that supports dining businesses by providing hands-on advice and lessons on accurate and tailored preventative measures on COVID-19. This project is funded by Ready For, one of the largest Cloud funding organisation.
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Capacity building for stakeholders in risk/emergency communication
Dr Nishizawa acted as a risk communication advisor to Iitate Village of Fukushima for 2011/2012 in charge of community health communication on radiological health effects in the aftermath of the nuclear accident in Fukushima. She acted as trained facilitator for roundtable sessions and dialogues between scientists and evacuees.
This experience further led us to organise region-oriented dialogues on the future of nuclear energy generation. Litera Japan organised two stakeholder meetings in Shizuoka and Tokaimura in 2015/201-17 and Nishizawa acted as facilitaor at the events. It was not a meeting for deciding Yes/No of the use of nuclear energey but to share accurate safety information of nuclear energy as well as its socio-economic impacts on the communities. A similar citizens’ workshop on future energy senarios in Tokai region took place in 2019 organised by a NPO in Shizuoka – Litera Japan acted as a prime architect for the event (photos). Click here for photos from Shizuoka and those from Tokaimura between 2015 and 2017.
The roundtable dialogues on future energy use were reported at the IAEA symposium in 2016 and an investigation of a post-emergency communication has been publshed in Springer publication in 2018. Nishizawa is a contributing author to its proceeding, Nishizawa, M (2019) Risk Communication: A Key for Fostering a More Resilient Safety Culture, the International Conference on Human and Organizational Aspects of Assuring Nuclear Safety Culture, IAEA. Vienna, Austria.pp.135-152.
Developing and designing communication materials
Litera Japan develops science-based ready-to-be-used communication materials for risk communication by the use of infographics, illustrations and photographs. Samples are available on this site (only in Japanese). Click here for the link.
Policy advisory at the national level
Dr Nishizawa sits at different govenmental committess or public advisory boards such as Ministry of Health, Ministry of General Affairs (radiation), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Tokyo Fire Department. She is an Associated Member of Japan Science Council. In response to the 3.11. Fukushima Nuclear Accident, she has given policy advices on the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Education (MEXT), Consumer’s Agency, Minstry of Health, Miyagi Prefectural Government, JA Fukushima and other related bodies.
Media briefing/stakeholder dialogue
Since 2005, Litera Japan has organised a regular series of dialogue-based venue called “Sphere for Dialogue” “Sustainable Dialogue for foods” in Japan over 100 times on a range of topics such as food safety, EMF, radiological emergencies, Xray and health, dietary suppliments, drugs, and so forth. Click here for photos.
Beyond Japan, Litera Japan orgnises special sessions on mobile phone and health effects in Geneve from 2016. Click here for photos.
Innovation, start-ups and gap funds
Litera Japan provies hands-on advice for corporations/venture firms and startups in finding partners in the areas of agriculture/medical devices/foods. Dr Nishizawa has served for the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) that runs a government-led gap funds and sat on a committee supporting university-bred technology seeds since 2016.
The company provides matching services for start-ups and private firms. A recent example is in the field of AI robotics and IoT. It supports a Japanese start-up Hatapro Robotics whose AI robot, Zukku, will be displayed in the Osaka Expo 2025. Zukku assists and reduces workloads at care stations for eldery.
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