Disaster Culture: Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Issues

Type: Paper
Theme: Hazards, Geography, and GIScience
Sponsor Groups: Asian Geography Specialty Group, Energy and Environment Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Napoleon B3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Unryu Suganuma
Chairs: Pradyumna Karan


For more than a century, for good or ill, Japan has led the world in coastal development. Many of its coast lines have long been lined by concrete sea walls or other protective armor. Life in these coastal towns of Tohoku has never been easy. Manufacturing never took root in the region and many people have traditionally had to migrate to the big cities, seeking seasonal work to support their families. In the 3/11 disaster, countless people in closely packed settlements lost their livelihoods – if not their lives – in an instant. When nuclear power stations were built in Japan, local residents and local governments of Tohoku received generous subsidies and consented to host such plants along the coastline despite the risks. The disaster slammed a region where the population was disproportionately old and reliant on an inefficient, protected farming sector. This panel will discuss issue of disaster culture which focuses on lessons of the 3/11 in Japan.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Pradyumna Karan University Of Kentucky 10 1:20 PM
Presenter Toshikazu Seto*, The University of Tokyo, The Engagement and Development of Disaster Prevention Application through Open Data and CivicTech Movements 20 1:30 PM
Presenter Tomoko Yamazaki*, Iwate University, School teachers play a role of creation and succession of Disaster Culture 20 1:50 PM
Presenter Kenji Yamazaki*, Iwate University, Resilience to the Disaster at an Isolated Settlement 20 2:10 PM
Presenter Unryu Suganuma*, J. F. Oberlin Univesity, Fukushima after Six Years: Lesson and any Learning 20 2:30 PM
Discussant Pradyumna Karan University Of Kentucky 10 2:50 PM

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