Japan and the Tsunami
FOCUS ASIA 10 May 2011
Focus Asia this spring took as its topic the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami that on Friday 11 March the same year devastated the seaboard of North-Eastern Honshu. The lectures presented at Focus Asia set the disaster into a context, and examined the consequences of the tragedy.
Drawing upon her extensive research regarding the tsunami that struck Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India on 26 December 2004 and resulted in massive loss of life, Dr. Monica Lindberg-Falk reviewed the resilience demonstrated by different societies when coping with the aftermath of the disaster. In the following two presentations in the morning session Dr. Ingemar Ottosson deald with the recurrent tragedies of earthquakes and tsunamis through Japan’s history, and Dr. Mayumi Saegusa with the social consequences of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
In the afternoon presentations Dr. Monica Braw, who has written extensively upon Hiroshima, discussed the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Power Plant, and Professor Marie Söderberg, Sweden’s leading economist working upon contemporary Japanese economics, presented and analysed the enormous and far-reaching political and economic consequences that could occur as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The presentations provided clear and relevant insights into the Great East Japan Earthquake and its importance to contemporary Japanese society, as well as reflected upon its wider effects upon the entire global community.