Rebuilding after 3/11: Vulnerability and Empowerment

30 November 2012 5F Elizabeth Rose Hall, UNU headquarters
This UNU-ISP symposium considers issues of vulnerability and empowerment in the context of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. More than 1.5 years after the “triple disasters” of 11 March 2011, it is now possible to begin taking stock. As Japan goes through the difficult process of rebuilding, it is necessary to identify what vulnerabilities have been created or exacerbated, and what positive developments and improvements there have been. In addition to the many issues related to the earthquake and tsunami, the nuclear crisis at Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant has also given rise to a series of difficult questions related to Japan’s future energy policy and the way its democracy functions.

The first of two sessions will feature presentations by Dr. Daniel Aldrich (Purdue University) on the role of social capital in building resilience, by Prof. Akiko Nakajima (Wayo Women's University) on how gender issues have been addressed during rebuilding, and by Dr. David Slater (Sophia University) on community reconstruction. The second session will include presentations by Dr. Jun Shigemura (Waseda University) on mental health consequences for Fukushima plant workers, and by Prof. Andrew DeWit (Rikkyo University) and Prof. Yasunori Sone (Keio University), both focusing on Japanese energy policy and democracy.

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