The Open Dialogue Forum on Nuclear Issues was designed as an attempt to have an engaging discussion on nuclear power technology while avoiding unproductive disputes. Diverse problems relating to nuclear power technology require consensus in society, such as spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plants, highly radioactive waste, and earthquake resistance. However, although dialogue forums for public participants with differing opinions to debate complicated issues are dramatic, situations can easily arise in which public participants cannot calmly state their opinions. Seeking mutual respect and calm exchange of opinions, fairness was a major theme of the Open Dialogue Forum on Nuclear Issues. In addition, the forum aimed to examine how to facilitate communication between experts who have different opinions regarding nuclear technology.This open dialogue forum facilitated the sharing of information among participants to formulate decisions regarding the implications of continuing or ceasing to use nuclear power, and it adhered to the following principles:
■ Dialogues “between nuclear power specialists” with differing opinions.
■ Participatory role based on the space (dialogue rules).
■ Investigating the nature of spaces for fair dialogue.