Welcome Remarks by the President

Expectation to WEN’s activity

Keiko Onishi, President of WEN
Advisor Specialist for Consumers' Affairs

  

Women’s Energy Network (WEN) was established in March, 1993. The environment surrounding energy issues has been changing with the times. WEN has continuously and actively engaged in their work as a “pipeline” between the experts in energy field and the public. The activities can be classified into two main categories. The first is to enhance their knowledge and experience, through information exchange among the members at the voluntary study meetings. The second is to provide as many opportunities as possible to promote interactive communication between the experts and the public.

In 1998, WEN started project activities, in which members can freely participate with their own interest and work on them more deeply. Based on the outcome of the project, WEN has issued booklets for public relation purpose, presented papers at academic conferences, participated in the “Open School for Atomic Energy” and held forums all over Japan.

Since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident caused by the tsunami of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, situation in energy policy has been changing drastically. Now I expect that WEN members stand all the more in a neutral point of view and act voluntarily, democratically and aggressively, so that the public, especially women, the elderly, and future generations get interested in the energy and natural resources issues and think together for themselves.