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Japanese Meetup talk session on 311 Tohoku

The Boston Japanese Meetup is having a series of talks at MIT related to 311.

When: 6:00 pm-, Thursday, March 14, 2013

Where: MIT Student Center Room 407 (Building W20)

Open to the general public

RSVP: Link ( or Facebook page (Space is limited. Please RSVP)


Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science; Director of the Center for International Studies, MIT

Shun Kanda, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture; Director, MIT Japan 3.11 Initiative

Mio Yamamoto, Co-Founder and Director of World in Asia; Class of 2013, MIT Sloan School of Management


“Using 3.11 for Policy Change” by Richard J. Samuels

Japanese political entrepreneurs used the catastrophe in Tohoku to nudge national policy in their preferred direction by constructing narratives and assigning blame for 3.11. Battles among competing perspectives on change and contested appeals to leadership, community, and risk have defined post-3.11 politics and public policy in Japan, particularly in the areas of national security, energy policy, and local governance.

“BEYOND 3.11” by Shun Kanda

3 Insights Toward Disaster-Resilient & Sustainable Futures for Minamisanriku; a report on the on-going work by the US and Japan-based MIT 3.11 Initiative team as we apprise our assistance continuing into the third year of recovery in Tohoku.

“Social Innovation from Tohoku” by Mio Yamamoto

How social entrepreneurs are addressing pressing social problems such as education, job creation, healthcare in Tohoku in collaboration with the private and public sectors.

If people are interested, we could meet at 5:30 and eat at one of the restaurants in the MIT student center.

Note: please also RSVP with the event organizers at the link above if you plan to attend.

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