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May 11

One Year Later: Lessons from Recovery After the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake

Click here to download Mr. Iwasaki's PowerPoint presentation.

To assess the Japanese experience, The Heritage Foundation reassembled a team of experts to evaluate Japan’s long-term efforts to recover from the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and to prepare for future catastrophes. Based on extensive literature and interviews with Japanese officials and experts, the team identified four critical areas that affect response to a catastrophe: recovery and resiliency of critical infrastructure, environmental remediation, compensation and disaster assistance, and population resiliency.

Addressing the shortfalls of catastrophic disaster response is vital because catastrophic disasters are among the few challenges that can bring even the most rich and powerful nations to their knees. Yet these shortfalls are often avoidable calamities. In many cases they involve government doing less, not more, and placing the responsibility for caring for communities where it belongs—on the communities themselves—and reserving for the federal government the responsibilities that only the national government can fulfill. The federal government should focus its activities on the most efficacious activities rather the most politically expedient acts.

Please join us as our expert panelists discuss the important lessons we’ve learned as a result of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake.

More About the Speakers

Ed Davis
President, The Pegasus Group

Kumi Yokoe, Ph.D.
Senior Visiting Fellow, Japan, The Heritage Foundation

Daniel J. Kaniewski, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Homeland Security and Deputy Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute The George Washington University

Mr. Yasuhiko Iwasaki
Vice-Director-General, Tohoku Regional Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Hosted by
Steve Bucci, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow, Defense and Homeland Security, The Heritage Foundation