WBEZ | Purdue University http://www.wbez.org/tags/purdue-university Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en After a half century of unwavering support, Japan should become nuclear free, says prime minister http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-29/after-half-century-unwavering-support-japan-should-become-nuclear-free-s <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-29/japan2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier this month, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan called for a society that doesn’t rely on nuclear power. His announcement stunned some of the political establishment, but it seems in line with Japanese public opinion. A recent poll revealed that 70% supported Kan's nuclear strategy. But the prime minister faces serious political hurdles: about 66% of Japanese voters would like to see him resign at the end of the Diet session in August.</p><p><a href="http://web.ics.purdue.edu/%7Edaldrich/" target="_blank">Daniel Aldrich</a> is an associate professor of political science at Purdue University and a visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. He just returned from a trip to Japan. We talk to him about Kan’s plans to curb nuclear power and ask whether a nuclear-free Japan is even possible.</p></p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 17:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-29/after-half-century-unwavering-support-japan-should-become-nuclear-free-s Worldview 7.29.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-72911 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-july/2011-07-29/japan1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier this month, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said something few expected ever to hear from a Japanese leader: He called for the country to become a society that “can do without atomic energy.” <a href="http://web.ics.purdue.edu/%7Edaldrich/" target="_blank">Daniel Aldrich</a>, a Japan expert and political science professor at Purdue University, dissects the statement and examines what a nuclear-free Japan would look like. And we examine nuclear power in India. The nuclear nation never signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty, making it an outcast among NPT nations for decades. The situation changed in 2008, when the U.S. reversed its ban on nuclear trade with India and the countries began to cooperate. <a href="http://www.indiana.edu/%7Ealldrp/members/ganguly.html" target="_blank">Sumit Ganguly</a>, director of research at <a href="http://www.indiana.edu/%7Ecags/index.shtml" target="_blank">Indiana University’s Center for American and Global Security</a>, discusses India’s evolving energy sector.</p></p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-72911