3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan by Richard J. Samuels

By Richard J. Samuels

On March eleven, 2011, Japan used to be struck by way of the shockwaves of a 9.0 importance undersea earthquake originating lower than 50 miles off its japanese beach. the main strong earthquake to have hit Japan in recorded historical past, it produced a devastating tsunami with waves attaining heights of over a hundred thirty ft that during flip prompted an exceptional multireactor meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear energy Plant. This triple disaster claimed virtually 20,000 lives, destroyed complete cities, and may eventually price hundreds of thousands of billions of bucks for reconstruction.

In 3.11, Richard Samuels deals the 1st wide scholarly evaluate of the disaster's effect on Japan's govt and society. The occasions of March 2011 happened after 20 years of social and fiscal malaise-as good as significant political and administrative disorder at either the nationwide and native levels-and ended in nationwide soul-searching. Political reformers observed within the tragedy reason for desire: a chance for Japan to remake itself. Samuels explores Japan's post-earthquake activities in 3 key sectors: nationwide safeguard, power coverage, and native governance. For a few reformers, 3.11 was once a caution for Japan to overtake its priorities and political techniques. For others, it used to be a once-in-a-millennium occasion; they suggested that whereas nationwide coverage may be more advantageous, dramatic adjustments will be counterproductive. nonetheless others declared that the disaster confirmed the necessity to go back to an idealized earlier and rebuild what has been misplaced to modernity and globalization.

Samuels chronicles the battles between those views and analyzes a number of makes an attempt to mobilize renowned aid by way of political marketers who again and again invoked 3 powerfully affective topics: management, group, and vulnerability. Assessing reformers' successes and screw ups as they used the disaster to push their specific agendas-and by way of reading the earthquake and its aftermath along previous mess ups in Japan, China, and the United States-Samuels outlines Japan's rhetoric of situation and indicates the way it has come to outline post-3.11 politics and public policy.

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3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan

On March eleven, 2011, Japan was once struck by means of the shockwaves of a nine. zero significance undersea earthquake originating lower than 50 miles off its jap sea coast. the main robust earthquake to have hit Japan in recorded background, it produced a devastating tsunami with waves attaining heights of over one hundred thirty toes that during flip prompted an unheard of multireactor meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear strength Plant.

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