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Disaster in Japan 2011: The Latest Research

11 August 2017

On Friday 23rd January 2017, UCL-IRDR hosted a special symposium entitled "Disaster in Japan 2011: The Latest Research." The event was organised by Professor Kenji Koshiyama of Kansai University, with help from Professor David Alexander of UCL-IRDR. Speakers and panellists were drawn from UCL and a variety of leading Japanese universities.

The objective of the symposium was to discuss the latest Japanese and British research on the triple disaster in Japan (the Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Dai'ichi nuclear release of 11th March 2011) and its aftermath. Professor Virginia Murray (UCL) set the scene with a keynote talk on "Science for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction." The SFDRR sets the world agenda for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and was inaugurated in Sendai, capital of the Tōhoku region, in 2015.

Other presentations at the symposium focussed on a variety of issues associated with the Japanese disaster. These included lessons for emergency evacuation, urban recovery, support for local government, settlement planning, disability-inclusive DRR, disaster education in Japan after 2011, and the socio-cultural dimensions of resilience. Discussion centred on both the general picture of recovery from this, one of the largest and most expensive compound disasters ever to have happened, and specific problems and issues associated with the recovery process.

In the interests of furthering UK-Japanese cooperation in disaster risk reduction, we are pleased to make copies of the presentations available to users of this website.

Professor David Alexander's presentation slides can be found in this link

Professor Virginia Murray's presentation slides can be found in this link.

Professor Shigeo Tatasuki's presentation slides can be found in this link.

Professor Osamu Murao's presentation slides can be found in this link.

Dr. Namiko Minai's presentation slides can be found in this link.

Dr. Shohei Beniya's presentation slides can be found in this link.

Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita's presentation slides can be found in this link.

Dr. Sekiya Naoya's presentation slides can be found in this link.