Let's Talk About Japan
~ Four Lessons from the 2011 Tsunami ~

19 February 2018

Japan Creative Centre (JCC)

© Naomi Aoki

Japan Creative Centre (JCC) is proud to present 'Let's Talk About Japan', periodical talk events in which speakers are invited to present about various topics about Japan. The topics can be about Japan’s economy, society or politics. Besides the speaker's presentation, guests are encouraged to interact and engage with the speaker through the Q&A and networking reception.

We are delighted to invite Dr Naomi Aoki, Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, as the first speaker. Together with Dr Tomoo Kikuchi, who will act as a moderator, she will discuss the lessons learnt from the 2011 tsunami. Please do join us at Japan Creative Centre (JCC) for an insightful evening!

About the Event

The 2011 tsunami caused tremendous loss to the affected communities. After seven years from this extraordinary tragedy, are we prepared for the next severe earthquake and tsunami? What have we learned that we can pass on to future generations in Japan and elsewhere? In this talk, Dr Naomi Aoki will share four lessons from the 2011 tsunami that can help us better prepare for unforeseen future disasters, based on her field visits to Tohoku and her research involving nationwide surveys of Japanese citizens. These lessons will highlight socio-cultural factors that shape the behaviours of Japanese people in times of disaster, and suggest how these factors can be leveraged to build a more resilient society.

About the Speaker

© Naomi Aoki

Originally from Japan, Dr Naomi Aoki is currently an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She joined the NUS in the year of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami, which ravaged numerous communities in Tohoku, Japan. Her professional goals since then have included drawing lessons from the Tohoku disasters from public administration and governance perspectives. Her research articles in this area have appeared in journals including Cities, Risk Analysis, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Habitat International, and International Review of Administrative Sciences.

Dr Naomi Aoki holds a PhD in public administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

About the Moderator

© Tomoo Kikuchi

Dr Tomoo Kikuchi is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University and a Guest Research Fellow at the Keio Global Research Institute at Keio University. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (2014-2017) and an Assistant Professor of Economics (2007-2014) at the National University of Singapore. He studied in Japan, Germany and the UK, and obtained his PhD in Economics from Bielefeld University in Germany. His research areas are International Economics, Financial Economics, and Economic Growth and Development. He has published in leading economics journals such as Journal of Economic Theory and Theoretical Economics. He regularly contributes op-eds in newspapers such as The Straits Times and The Nikkei Asian Review. His latest edited book is China and Japan in the Global Economy (Routledge, 2017).

Details of the Event


Monday, 19 February 2018


6:30pm - 8:30pm (Registration starts at 6:00pm)
Light refreshments will be served after the presentation


Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore
4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372



Register for the Event

To register, please email the following details to jcc@sn.mofa.go.jp with the subject Four Lessons from the 2011 Tsunami:

1. Full Name
2. Number of persons (including yourself)
3. Organisation
4. Mobile Number

Please register early to avoid disappointment. We regret that as there is limited seating, seats will be confirmed only upon receipt of confirmation email from JCC. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.

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Getting to Japan Creative Centre
4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372
Tel: +65-6737-0434

By Public Bus:
Bus services: 7, 36, 77, 105, 106, 111, 123, 132, 174, 174E, 502, 502A, 502B (Alight in front of Delfi Orchard)
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Japan Creative Centre

4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372
+65 6737 0434 / jcc@sn.mofa.go.jp
Nearest parking at Orchard Hotel & Delphi Orchard
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