Seminar: Resilience in Disaster Management and Public Policy: Lessons from the Complex Tohoku Disaster, Japan


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Brown-Bag Presentation by Visiting Scholar Mika Shimizu

When: Sep 22 2011 - 12:00pm until Sep 22 2011 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012, East-West Center

The Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster (the Tohoku Disaster) in March 2011 left experts and policy makers struggling with responding to the question of how Japan, arguably one of the world’s most prepared nations in dealing with natural disasters,  “could have been better prepared and more resilient to complex disasters.” This presentation attempts to provide key inputs to answering this question based on an assessment of the Tohoku Disaster through the analytical lens of “resilience.”

Currently different experts and media use the term “resilience” in different ways; however, little consensus exists on the structure or the specific attributes of resilience in the context of disaster management. Particularly lacking has been any significant problem-solving oriented research directed specifically to providing actionable inputs for resilience based disaster management policy.  Drawing on the lessons learned from the complex Tohoku disaster, the presentation will address the conceptual and practical policy gaps in Japan’s  existing disaster management policy and attempt to provide guidance for developing a more comprehensive, integrated  and resilience-based policy and programs for disaster management in Japan and internationally.

Dr. Mika Shimizu is Visiting Scholar, East West Center, Lecturer in Sophia University, and Co-Director of Global Policy Initiative (GPI). She holds a MA from American University, and a Ph.D. in International Public Policy from Osaka University. Previously, she served as a policy researcher at the Nomura Research Institute, America and as a special assistant at the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC. She has been extensively involved in policy research projects related to natural disasters including pandemic influenza in Asia.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Lillian Shimoda
Phone: 944-7557