3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan

March 12, 2013
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The most powerful earthquake in Japan’s recorded history produced a devastating tsunami and caused an unprecedented meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. This triple catastrophe claimed almost 20,000 lives, destroyed whole towns and ultimately will cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Drawing on his new book, 3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan, Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies, MIT, offers the first broad assessment of the disaster’s impact on Japan’s government and society–and on the U.S. alliance. He shows how a rhetoric of crisis in national security, energy and local government now defines post-3/11 politics and public policy.

Followed by a book signing and reception. Books may be purchased by cash or check only.

Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science; Director of the Center for International Studies, MIT

Dr. George Packard, President, United States-Japan Foundation.

6-6:30 pm Registration
6:30-7:30 Lecture and Q&A
7:30-8 Reception and book signing

Corporate members are entitled to a designated number of free admissions to this event, based on their company’s current membership level. These reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Additional corporate registrants and Japan Society individual members at the Patron level and above pay the discounted corporate member rate of $10 for the lecture. Nonmember admission is $15. The academic and government admission rate is $10. When payment is required, prepayment must be made, or registration secured, with a credit card. All registrations and cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Substitutions are welcome.

Register online or send email to [email protected].

For information only, please contact the Corporate Program at 212-715-1208. 

This series of events marking the second anniversary of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunamis is generously supported by ITOCHU International Inc., Marubeni America Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., and Sumitomo Corporation of America.

Additional funding is provided by


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With Outreach Partners: The Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia Business School.

Image: Richard J. Samuels © Stuart Darsch

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2013
  • 6:00 pm