Resiliency & Recovery: A U.S.-Japan Dialogue Ten Years after 3.11

March 9, 2021
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Part of Ten Years Later: Japan Society Remembers 3.11

On March 11, 2011 (3.11), a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan, and the resulting tsunami and nuclear disaster devastated the Tohoku region. Victims of the Tohoku disasters impressed the world with their resilience. Today, 10 years later, the world is seeking the same resilience in the face of the health and economic crises caused by the global pandemic. How can individuals and communities build resilience against major catastrophes? At this live online symposium, leading voices and experts from Tohoku and the U.S. gather to exchange ideas and draw lessons from 3.11. Also featured is the premier of a short video of testimonials from leaders in Tohoku who received or participated in programs supported by Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Co-organized with ETIC., a Japanese nonprofit dedicated to nurturing social entrepreneurs and recovery efforts in Tohoku, this event is part of Japan Society’s programs marking the 10th year anniversary of 3.11.

Held in Japanese and English with simultaneous interpretation.


7—7:05 PMWelcome & Introduction
7:05—8 PMKeynote Dialogue: Resilience: Lessons from Tohoku & Video Premiere: Report from Tohoku 2021
8—9 PMPanel Discussion: Toward Resilient Societies: Perspectives from Tohoku, Japan & the United States

Keynote Dialogue

Jeremy Hunter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Practice and Founding Director of the Executive Mind Leadership Institute, Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University
Kumi Imamura, President and CEO, NPO KATARIBA

Joshua W. Walker, Ph.D., President & CEO, Japan Society

Panel Discussion

Andrea Chen, Executive Director, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation (New Orleans, LA)
Akiko Iwasaki, Owner, Horaikan (Japanese Ryokan/Inn)
Daiju Takahashi, Chief Administrator, Eat, and Energize the East; Executive Officer, Oisix ra daichi, Inc.; President, Oisix Hong Kong Co., Ltd.

Daniel Aldrich, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and Director, Security and Resilience Studies Program, Northeastern University

This is a free event. You must register for the webinar to receive the login details. Registrants will receive the viewing link at least one day before the event.

For more information, please contact Global Partnerships & Initiatives at 212-715-1272 or email [email protected].

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Japan Society during registration. Your gift enables our continued development of innovative programs to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations.

Resiliency & Recovery: A U.S.-Japan Dialogue Ten Years after 3.11 is supported by Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (JERF) through a grant to ETIC., and is also held in partnership with Tohoku-based organizations including the Tohoku Leaders Conference and Michinoku Fukko Regional Design Center.

  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021
  • 7:00 pm
  • Timed Tickets