The Contemporary Japan Group at the Institute of Social Science (ISS, or Shaken), University of Tokyo, welcomes you to a lecture by Daniel P. Aldrich, Associate Professor of Political Science, Purdue University, on
New Data on the Black Wave: The role of Village-Level Factors
Thursday, April 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo.
The consequences of the 3/11 compounded disaster were not
distributed equally across the coastal towns, villages, and cities of
the Tohoku region of Japan. Instead, the mortality rate due to the
tsunami varied tremendously from zero to ten percent of the local
residential population. What accounts for this variation remains a
critical question for researchers to answer. This paper uses a new
data set of roughly 300 villages along five coastal prefectures to
untangle the factors connected to mortality during the disaster. With
data on demographic, geophysical, infrastructure, social capital,
political, and economic conditions, we find strong effects of tsunami
characteristics, social capital measures, and demographic conditions.
These findings have important policy implications for future disasters
in Japan and abroad.
Daniel P. Aldrich is an associate professor of political science
at Purdue University who is on leave as a Fulbright research fellow at
the University of Tokyo’s Economics Department for the academic year
2012-2013 and who was an American Association for the Advancement of
Science fellow at USAID during the 2011-2012 academic year. He is the
author of two books (Site Fights and Building Resilience), 25 peer
reviewed articles, and more than 60 reviews, OpEds, and articles for
the general public. He is a board member of the journals Asian
Politics and Policy and Risk Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy and a
Mansfield U.S. Japan Network for the Future Alumnus. He is the section
organizer for the American Political Science Association’s Disasters
and Crises Related Group.
CONTEMPORARY JAPAN GROUP:
The ISS Contemporary Japan Group provides English-speaking residents of the Tokyo area with an opportunity to hear cutting-edge research in social science and related policy issues, as well as a venue for researchers and professionals in or visiting Tokyo to present and receive knowledgeable feedback on their latest research projects. Admission is free and advance registration is not required. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, please visit our website: http://web.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cjg/
Gregory W. NOBLE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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