Ten Years After the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Insights and Perspectives

The APRU-IRIDeS Multi-hazards Program is hosting a two-part webinar series, looking back at the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The panels will draw on lessons learnt and explore disaster mitigation strategies for the future. Open to all, registration required.

On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET) struck the Tohoku region, destroying towns and livelihoods, especially along the coast. Some 20,000 people lost their lives, while many others were swept away and never found.

In the decade since, tremendous recovery efforts have been made with great worldwide support. What did we learn from these experiences? What lessons should we pass on to the next generation? How can we reduce the impact and damage caused by such natural disasters in the future?

Over two sessions of this webinar series, experts will share their insights and research findings related to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and explore strategies for future risk reduction, so that tragedy on such a large scale does not happen again.

Both sessions will be held online, and open to anyone who's interested. Please register at the event's homepage here.


Message to the Future: Learning from Research and Practice
Date: March 12, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m
Venue: Online, registration is required

Fumihiko Imamura
Director, International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University
Andrew Gordon
Professor, Harvard University
Kanako Iuchi
Associate Professor, IRIDeS, Tohoku University
Shunichi Koshimura
Professor, IRIDeS, Tohoku University


Recovery Lessons: Multi-stakeholder Perspectives
Date: March 19, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Venue: Online, registration is required.

Animesh Kumar
OIC & Deputy Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Rajib Shaw
Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University
Anders Karlsson
Vice President, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier
Suvendrini Kakuchi
Journalist and Author
Takeshi Komino
General Secretary, CWS Japan


Takako Izumi
Associate Professor, IRIDeS, Tohoku University
Director of APRU Multi-hazards Program


From 12 Mar 2021
Until 19 Mar 2021
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