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2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Disaster Management, Recovery and Reconstruction (Symposium on Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management)

Date: February 1, 2012
Venue: Jin-Yu Hall, Katsura Campus, Kyoto University

Organized by:
- Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
- Kyoto University Global COE Program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"

Number of attendants: 20

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The complex environment left by the huge humanitarian crises of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in Tohoku region, Japan has put forward several questions to academics and practitioners of disaster planning, emergency preparedness and business continuity. The purpose of the symposium is to bring an opportunity for multidisciplinary researchers to discuss and exchange ideas on:
- Risk management strategies in the context of natural hazards;
- Emergency management response and recovery;
- Reconstruction after natural disasters;
- Debris management after disasters; and
- Modeling techniques applied for disaster mitigation.
The overall objective is to allow the proposal of innovative academic and practical approaches to reduce the post-disaster effect.


The objective of the workshop was successfully accomplished through active participation of academics and practitioners from multidisciplinary fields. The common objective was to lessen effects of future disasters through efficient planning.
The concepts of disaster management, recovery planning and preparedness were discussed. Several past disasters including The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in Tohoku region Japan were presented. Issues and lessons left behind were outlined. The current practice of post-disaster recovery and research ideas for making the future disaster recovery process more efficient were discussed. Most importantly the workshop provided an opportunity of group discussion for practitioners and people from academia of different fields to understand the disaster management recovery and reconstruction process more precisely. Participants of the workshop commended importance of such events and were looking forward for organization of such events in future as well.