Lunch will be served from 12:00-12:30 p.m.
Advance registration is required. 
To register, visit us online.

What you’ll learn:
- The facts of the Fukushima nuclear incident, including updates on the current conditions of the plant
- Lessons learned-- what steps TEPCO is taking to ensure that incidents like this will not happen in the future
- Impacts on energy policies concerning CO2 emissions and national security in particular

Naomi Hirose, Executive Vice Chairman, Fukushima Affairs, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO)

Naomi Hirose is senior executive whose service at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) spans four decades. 

He joined the company in 1976, having gained an appreciation for the energy industry following the 1973 Oil Shock, and worked in a number of management positions from 1992 to 2005, including corporate planning, sales, marketing, and customer relations. 

Mr. Hirose became an executive officer in 2006, and in 2008, conceived and spearheaded a campaign promoting the economic and environmental benefits of electrification, called “Switch” that was a Japan-first. In 2010, he re-energized the company vision for global expansion. 

Immediately after the 3.11 Fukushima Accident, Mr. Hirose dedicated himself to create the system for Nuclear Damage Compensation. After becoming President and CEO in 2012, he led the company in addressing a number of highly complex issues such as water management and decommissioning plans for the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, compensation for the accident and Fukushima revitalization, and keeping TEPCO competitive while facing the deregulation of Japan’s electricity market. 

He currently serves as Executive Vice Chairman, Fukushima Affairs, overseeing the utility’s passionate and steadfast efforts to reconstruct and revitalize Fukushima Prefecture. 

Mr. Hirose received his B.A. in Sociology from Hitotsubashi University in 1976, and his MBA from Yale School of Management in 1983. 


Please kindly note the following:

  • Registration will begin at 11:45 am. Lunch will be served from 12:00-12:30 pm.
  • All guests must be seated by 12:30 pm. 
  • Please arrive early as seating will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration does not guarantee your admission. 
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Event Contact Information: 
Taylor Cook, [email protected]
Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School

This event is presented by the Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB), Columbia University and the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University.

Outreach partner: APEC Study Center