Catastrophic Disaster: Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami


Thursday, November 17, 2016, 4:10pm to 5:30pm


Ash Center Lobby, Suite 200 North, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge


Join us for a seminar with faculty from Iwate University, Japan, who will present on the 03/11/11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – a catastrophic disaster that caused the deaths of more than 20,000 people, inflicted extensive damage in coastal communities throughout the Tohoku region, and triggered a crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

The speakers will address crisis leadership and other aspects of disaster response as experienced in affected coastal areas, including in the City of Rikuzentakata, which was devastated by the disaster. They will also highlight the work of their university in the immediate aftermath of the 03/11/11 events, and explore how they have applied lessons learned from this experience to more recent events.


Prof. Kiyoshi MURAKAMI, Special Advisor to the President, Iwate University, and Senior Advisor, City of Rikuzentakata

Prof. Shin KOSHIYA, Deputy Director, Research Center for Regional Disaster Management, and Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Iwate University

Moderated by Dr. Arnold M. Howitt, Faculty Co-Director, Program on Crisis Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

Organized by the Program on Crisis Leadership (Ash and Taubman Centers), Harvard Kennedy School