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The Politics of 3.11 (United States – Britain – Japan)
- Sir David Warren KCMG
- Noriyuki Shikata
- Mark J. Davidson
The Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami of 3/11 were among the most significant natural disasters in Japanese history. In the immediate aftermath of these events, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident created seemingly insurmountable challenges to the state’s ability to respond effectively to the crisis. As disaster response has transitioned to long-term recovery, Japan must not only meet the challenges of reconstruction, but repair the reputational damage incurred by its difficulties in managing these multiple crises, and deal with nuclear energy in the face of public scrutiny.
Yet despite the complexity of these issues, Japan’s international relations have been heightened by unprecedented cooperation with its allies, as foreign governments have contributed to relief efforts in Tohoku and offered technical assistance in the nuclear crisis. This event will discuss these issues in the context of Japan’s foreign relations, with distinguished guests Sir David Warren, British Ambassador to Japan, Mark J. Davidson, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs in the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, and Noriyuki Shikata, Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Public Affairs, Director of Global Communications in the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan.