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Invitation to the Public Memorial for Dr. Jinzaburo Takagi - Anti-Nuclear Scientist and Activist

Obituary: Dr. Jinzaburo Takagi, Anti-nuclear Scientist and Activist

[Speech of Acceptance of 1997 Right Livelihood Award]

Oct. 8 2000
Citizens' Nuclear Information Center

Jinzaburo Takagi, co-founder and former Director of Citizens' Nuclear Information Center, died of cancer on October 8, 2000. We deeply regret this loss, and join his family in mourning a remarkable, inspiring human being. Takagi's extensive scientific analytical work on nuclear issues has greatly contributed to educate the public, media, and officials on the dangers of utilizing nuclear materials.

Jinzaburo Takagi started his career of nuclear activism from a position as associate professor of nuclear chemistry at Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU). He was born in 1938, graduated in 1961 from the University of Tokyo and spent four and a half years working for the nuclear industry and another four years for the nuclear institute at the University of Tokyo, winning the Asahi Science Encouragement Award in 1967, gaining his doctorate in 1969 and being Guest Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in 1972-73. He stepped off the ladder to top status within the nuclear elite when he left TMU in 1973 and set up the non-profit Citizens' Nuclear Information Center (CNIC) in 1975. He has directed CNIC ever since, reporting on the results of their analytical and public education work through the CNIC publications including CNIC Monthly in Japanese and the bimonthly Nuke Info Tokyo in English. Takagi has conducted many researches, and has written many books and innumerable articles on nuclear issues, environmental protection and peace, with special emphasis on the fight against the nuclear threat as well as for human rights.

He was a key figure in organizing a number of important international symposiums such as "International Conference on Plutonium" (1991, Ohmiya, Japan) "Why Plutonium Now?" (1993, Tokyo, Japan), and "International Symposium on Reprocessing" (1994, Aomori, Japan). He also organized an international research project on the use of mixed plutonium-uranium oxide (MOX) fuel in light water reactors ('A Comprehensive Social Impact Assessment of MOX in Light Water Reactors' i.e. the IMA research) and served as the project leader. This project involved prominent experts from Japan, Europe, and the U.S. The results were published in Japanese, English, Russian, and French. For this research and their persistent work on plutonium issues, Takagi and the project sub-leader, Mycle Schneider, received the Right Livelihood Award - the alternative Nobel Prize - in 1997.

 (go to http://www.rightlivelihood.se/recip1997_2.html for more info.)

In 1992 Takagi received the Yoko Tada Human Rights Award and in 1994 the Ihatobe Award for his practice as a scientist working for the people. He was also successful as a writer of children's books and in 1997 received the Sankei Children's Book Award.


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