What's Next for Japan Six Months After 3/11?

Columbia experts discuss how Japan can recover at a Oct. 5 symposium organized by the Consortium for Japan Relief
September 23, 2011


The unprecedented earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear catastrophes of March 2011 have had profound social, economic, health, and political ramifications for Japan, its people, and the international community.

To mark the six-month anniversary of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the Consortium for Japan Relief is hosting a symposium featuring a multidisciplinary panel of renowned Columbia experts on radiation, disaster preparedness, economics, politics, mental health and complicated grief.

The symposium, Dealing with Disaster: Caring for Japan Post 3-11, will be held Oct. 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Faculty House Skyline Dining Room on the Morningside campus. A reception follows the symposium. Registration is required.

Panelists will discuss: What is essential to know during the ‘survival phase’ and the under-publicized ‘returning to daily life’ and ‘recovery’ phases? What lessons can be learned by the global community from the Japan experience and how might we better prepare to respond as global citizens to international crises in the future? What is the responsibility of the global community and what is the individual responsibility of the global citizen? How can we be of greatest assistance to Japan and its people and, by example, to the rest of the world community?

The panelists are:

Gerald L. Curtis, PhD, Burgess Professor of Political Science and senior fellow at the Tokyo Foundation; an expert in Japanese politics and U.S.-Japan relations;

Hugh Patrick, PhD, director of the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia Business School, recognized as a leading specialist on the Japanese economy;

M. Katherine Shear, MD, Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry at the School of Social Work and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, an expert in the area of complicated grief who conducts some of her research with colleagues at the National Institute of Mental Health, Ichikawa, Japan;

Irwin Redlener, MD, professor of clinical public health and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Mailman School of Public Health, a leader on disaster preparedness and the impact and consequences of major natural disasters;

and David Brenner, PhD, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University, an international expert on the health effects of radiation from medical, environmental, occupational and accidental exposures.

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