Corporate Affiliate Visiting Fellow, Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
Katsunori Hirano has a Master’s in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a concentration in Energy and Environmental Policy from CEEP. He currently belongs to the Regional Diplomacy Division of the Shizuoka Prefectural Government, Japan where the Governor has appointed him to a Corporate Affiliate Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center for the 2011-2012 academic year. Katsunori recently contributed to drafting the Government’s master plan for promoting widespread utilization of biomass in Shizouka Prefecture. His research interest after the March 11th disaster is how to devise strategies for framing sustainable development of human society without having to rely on nuclear energy. At Stanford, Katsunori is exploring avenues for proving his belief that achieving a lifestyle harmonized with ecosystem and nature is the key toward a nuke-free sustainable future.