Disaster Management

We should have been prepared for the Fukushima tsunami

March 11, 2012 by

A year ago yesterday the Tōhoku-Oki earthquake and resultant tsunami hit the Japanese coastline, triggering the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster. A year on, many questions are being asked about how bad conditions really are one year after the disaster, and how long it will be before Japan truly recovers.

Review of the BBC’s ‘This World: Inside the Meltdown’

February 29, 2012 by

The BBC documentary, “Inside the Meltdown,” on the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant is oddly powerful in its depiction of the savage destructive nature of the environment as it battered and subsequently caused the meltdown of the Fukushima plant.

Fukushima’s Rice: Mental Health Crises in Fukushima

December 8, 2011 by

In Japan, rice is life. It is the core of the Japanese diet and its importance cannot be overstated. After the Fukushima meltdown, since radioactivity in rice grown in the irradiated ground is not visible to the naked eye, tests must be conducted to determine its levels of radioactive cesium. If the levels are too high, the rice can’t be sold.

Occupy Fukushima: Women of Fukushima against Nukes

November 12, 2011 by

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement has acted as a spur to a host of “Occupy” operations including “Occupy Fukushima!” – a movement with a distinctly Japanese feminist twist, a strong link with the anti-nuclear/peace movement and a close affiliation with Greenpeace. It is more accurate, to call this movement the “Women of Fukushima against Nukes.”

The Island of Miyatojima: an Architect comes to its Rescue

November 7, 2011 by

For Americans, unless you live in New Orleans, it’s very hard to imagine the extent of the devastation of this year’s earthquake, subsequent tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown which the Japanese call “3/11”. “I have seen disaster zones around the world, but none compare in the scale of damage to the latest disaster,” said architect Shigeru Ban, after visiting Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, and other devastated areas.

US-Japan Cooperation after 3-11: Report on the CSIS Keidanren Partnership for Recovery Task Force

October 28, 2011 by

Chaired by James McNerney, CEO of The Boeing Company, the “Partnership for Recovery and a Stronger Future” focuses on areas where the United States and Japan can work together to help with recovery and reconstruction and build a better future.

Water and Bangkok, or making the impossible possible

October 26, 2011 by

Bangkok Mayor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said that on Wednesday it will become clear whether the Thai capital will be able to withstand the onslaught of water from the country’s flooded Northern provinces. Prime Minister Yinglak Chinnavat warned earlier that the issue with the outflow of river water may be compounded by the high sea tide at the end of the week.

From Chernobyl to Fukushima

October 23, 2011 by

Many of us can remember Ukraine a quarter of a century ago when the city of Chernobyl experienced the horror of a nuclear meltdown and the ineptitude of the Russian government unable to cope with the disaster. We remember the Russian government’s persistent denials of responsibility for the accident.

Panel Discussion: Re-Imagining Japan

September 11, 2011 by

Re-Imagining Japan: the Quest for a Future that Works, a panel discussion on the future of post-quake Japan with panelists, Gerald Curtis, Christopher Graves and David Sanger and moderator, Rik Kirkland, convened at Japan Society on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. The speakers sought to address the state of affairs in Tohoku, Japan, and in particular to make recommendations for Japan’s future.

Voices from the Ground in Japan: Still a Disaster Zone

July 24, 2011 by

On July 21, 2011, a Town Hall-style discussion hosted by the Asia Society (New York), the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), featured speakers from Japanese civil society organizations working to address the devastation wrought by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The affected areas in Japan were the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima, an area roughly equivalent in the US to the coastline from Boston to Washington. The disasters left 15,544 dead, 5,383 missing, and 107,347 homes destroyed. 112,405 have been left homeless.

Effectiveness of Dutch Water Management Programs

April 10, 2010 by

The Netherlands faces the very real threat of global climate change. Aside from threats in the long-term, the near-term threats are from flooding, storms, snow melting in the mountains and high country in Germany, hurricanes in the North Sea and other severe weather patterns. These threats have prompted the Netherlands to build massive public works projects to deal with the threat of natural hazards.