PDF pages above can be scanned by clicking on the brochure. The flier gives an overview of the activities of Litera Japan and its Founding Director Nishizawa’s profile. For downloading the coporate flier in PDF click here .
【Global Research and Consultancy on risk management】
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.
【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.
【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.
【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.
【Recent topics- 2018 onwards】
A recent English contribution by Nishizawa is an article on cutural differences in risk perception published in a German chemical firm BASF’s booklet, Creating Chemistry, vol.7, 2018. Click → HERE (for URL and document download)
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)
[Photo] An international communication training programmes at Wakasawan Energy Centre for regulatory personnels and future leaders from Asian countries 2018.