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After the Shock: Prospects for Recovery and Reconstruction in Post-quake Japan

16 May 2011, London

After the Shock: Prospects for Recovery and Reconstruction in Post-quake Japan
A Roundtable Discussion Organised with the Japan Research Centre at SOAS


Earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis – on 11 March 2011 everything changed for the residents of Northeast Japan. Media reports have emphasized the dramatic, tragic devastation left in the wake of one of the strongest earthquakes in human history. ‘After the Shock’ shifts the discussion towards grappling with the prospects for recovery and reconstruction in Japan’s northeastern rural communities. Participants will have the opportunity to join in a moderated discussion between a geo-physicist with expertise in earthquake mitigation, an NPO director working with community and voluntary organisations in Japan, a nuclear industry analyst, and an historian whose research examines rural life in Japan and community relationships with the nuclear industry.

Dr Peter Sammonds is Professor of Geophysics at University College London
Phillida Purvis, MBE is Founder and Director of Links Japan
Malcom C Grimston is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House
Dr Martin Dusinberre is Lecturer in the History of Modern Japan at Newcastle University

Moderator: Dr Christopher Gerteis is Lecturer in the History of Contemporary Japan at SOAS


Admission Free but Booking recommended. To book your place, please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 7828 6330 or email

16 May 2011

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Khalili Lecture Theatre, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Tel:020 7828 6330

The Japan Society