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The School of East Asian Studies and Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation present a workshop and Symposium.

In the Wake of Japan’s Nuclear Tsunami: Reflections on the Nature of Disaster in the 21st Century

21st April 2016

Level 5, Students’ Union Building
University of Sheffield

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Schedule for the day

Registration - 12:00
Workshop - 12:30 - 15:00
Symposium - 15:00 - 18:30
Drinks Reception - 18:30 - 19:30

The Great East Japan earthquake was the most powerful earthquake in Japan’s recorded history and the fourth most powerful earthquake on Earth since 1900. The resulting tsunami caused the deaths of more than 15,000 people, and triggered multiple nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant. Five years on we will discuss the outcome of this ‘Triple Disaster’ for Japan, the UK and the wider world in the 21st century. In particular we will focus on recovery in the destroyed communities along the north-eastern coast of Japan as well as the wider implications of the nuclear crisis at Fukushima.


12:00 - 12:30 Registration and Light Lunch
12:30 - 13:15 Short Welcome and Introduction: Remembering 11 March 2011
13:15 - 14:45
New Research Perspectives on 3.11 and Fukushima
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee and Cakes


15:00 Registration and Coffee
15:20 Welcome
15:30 - 18:30

In the Wake of Japan's Nuclear Tsunami

Chair and Discussant
Professor Katherine Morton (School of East Asian Studies)

Dr. Peter Matanle (Senior Lecturer, School of East Asian Studies)
Achieving a Depopulation Dividend in 21st Century Tōhoku

Dr. Susan Molyneux-Hodgson (Department of Sociological Studies)
Managing Wastes and Containing Publics

4.15 - 4.30 Short Break

Professor Neil Hyatt (Head of Department, Department of Materials Science and Engineering)

Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki (Mitsubishi Research Institute, Tokyo)
Area Rehabilitation after the Accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant

Professor Yuji Genda (Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo)
Life and Hope after 3.11 in Japan

17:30 - 18:30
Roundtable Discussion and Closing Remarks
18:30 - 19:30 Drinks Reception at INOX Dine