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USJI Seminar

Disaster and Politics: Japan after March 11

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 10:30am-12:10noon

Venue

The Glover Park A, Ground Floor, The Dupont Hotel
1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW., Washington D.C. 20036, USA

This event is free and open to the public.

Abstract

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Japan is in crisis. The catastrophic earthquake and the tsunami devastated the northern Japan and precipitated a major nuclear crisis over the Fukushima Daiichi power station. The seminar attempts to explore questions such as: How well has the administration of Prime Minister Kan managed this twin crisis? What are the deficiencies of Japan’s crisis management? What will be the long-term impact of the disaster on Japanese politics and its international relations?

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Yoshiaki Abe
USJI Operating Adviser / University Professor, Waseda University

Opening Remarks

Cancelled H.E. Ichiro Fujisaki
Ambassador of Japan to the United States

Mr. Kazuhide Ishikawa
Minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary,Embassy of Japan

Speaker

Dr. Akihiko Tanaka
Chair, USJI / Vice President, The University of Tokyo

Panelists

Dr. Michael Auslin
Resident Scholar, Director of Japan Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

Dr. Andrew Oros
Associate professor of political science and international studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland

[Related comments and reports by five member university and affiliated institute researchers]

  • “What Aid Makes Sense for Japan?” – the comment by Dr. Katsuhiko Shirai, USJI Chair,in the New York Times, March 15,2011
  • “TEPCO’s Nuclear Power Plants suffered from big earthquake of March 11,2011” – the expert report by Dr. Yoshiaki Oka, Waseda University
  • Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
  • Science Media Center of Japan
Organized by

U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI)

Supported by

Keio University, Kyoto University, Ritsumeikan University, The University of Tokyo, Waseda University

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