Ten years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated Japan’s northeast. As a country that has experienced a variety of natural disasters throughout its history, Japan has developed various preventive and remedial technologies and social mechanisms, especially since the 1995 Hanshin Earthquake and the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. California has had similar experiences with natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, and it has developed its own preventive measures. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, this conference features two keynote speakers who have directly dealt with the aftermaths of recent earthquakes in Japan – Makoto Iokibe, who was the Chairman of the Reconstruction Design Council in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and is the author of The Era of Great Disasters, and Ikuo Kabashima, who as the Governor of Kumamoto led the recovery efforts from a major earthquake in 2016 and flooding in 2020. The conference will also provide a forum for speakers from Japan and California to learn from each other the cutting edge approaches toward reducing the damages of natural disasters.
This event is co-sponsored with the generous support of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Japan Society of Northern California, and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California.