Law school students who study disasters and laws visited the NDRC

2016/01/18


Visitors from the Law School

Visitors from the Law School

On January 8, 2016, the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) had 16 visitors (professors and students) from University of Pennsylvania Law School. The Red Cross Nuclear Disaster Resource Center (NDRC) explained the JRCS’s nuclear disaster preparedness and response to them.

Their trip to Japan was part of the special course of the Law School titled “Disasters and the Law”. Attended by Prof. Eri Osaka of Toyo University who is currently studying at the University of Pennsylvania, they visited the Secretariat of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, and Fukushima Prefecture, which was affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake for field research.


Students listening to the JRCS’s presentation

Students listening to the JRCS’s presentation

At the JRCS, the NDRC gave a presentation to them about the overview of the JRCS relief activities conducted after the onset of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident and the JRCS’s preparedness efforts for nuclear disasters. The students asked many questions about topics such as: the legal framework in the event of nuclear disaster in Japan; compensation arrangements for JRCS relief team members; how the JRCS will collaborate with the government, other related organizations and the Self-Defense Forces during relief activities; how the JRCS is going to disseminate its nuclear disaster guidelines to communities; and so on. The questions reflected their interests as law school students.

Since the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has confirmed the importance of a stronger legal framework on nuclear disasters in each country, the JRCS thinks that it needs to begin to encourage the government and related organizations to work on that.