Book Launch: Human Security and Japan’s Triple Disaster


  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•07•28    16:00 - 17:30

    This event was originally scheduled for Tuesday 29 July, but will now be held on Monday 28 July. The organizers apologize for any inconvenience.

    A research project undertaken by UNU and Waseda University has led to the recent publication of two edited books: Human Security and Natural Disasters, and Human Security and Japan’s Triple Disaster.

    This event brings together the editors of the two books as well as a number of chapter contributors from the second volume, who have examined the political, social and economic consequences of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident that struck Japan on 11 March 2011.

    Some of the questions to be considered at this event include:

    • More than three years after the triple disaster, what human vulnerabilities remain or have worsened?
    • What lessons has Japan learned and implemented following the 1995 Kobe earthquake?
    • What positive developments in the recovery process can be identified and built on?
    • What have been the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear accident for the broader rebuilding process?
    • What are the main challenges that remain in recovering from these terrible events?

    The event will feature brief presentations by the speakers and then open discussion between the panel and audience members. This will be followed by a reception with light food and drinks.

    Please note that this event will be held in English only; no simultaneous interpretation will be provided.


    • Paul Bacon (Associate Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University)
    • Andrew DeWit (Professor, School of Policy Studies, Rikkyo University)
    • Akiko Fukushima (Senior Fellow, Tokyo Foundation)
    • Christopher Hobson (Assistant Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University)
    • Liz Maly (Assistant Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University)

    Publication Details

    Event Organizers

    The event is organized by UNU-IAS and the Waseda Institute of Global Governance.

    These two books result from the project Human Security and Natural Disasters, jointly undertaken by the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP; now part of UNU-IAS) and Waseda University. This work has also served as the foundation for a new UNU-IAS project, the Fukushima Global Communication Programme, which applies the human security approach specifically to the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.


    Reception Hall (2F)
    United Nations University
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925