Recreating Livable Communities after Catastrophe: Managing the Recovery from Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Disaster of 2011

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011, which also caused a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Dai'ichi power station, resulted in devastating damage to a large region of northeast Japan. This study will analyze the problems of planning for and implementing disaster recovery/community revitalization in the aftermath of these events. Extending research begun by the investigators in 2012, it will develop data from intensive study of a set of 5-6 Japanese local governments affected by the tsunami and/or nuclear contamination. The research will assess the process of recovery of transportation and other critical infrastructure, restoration of housing, economic revitalization, and re-establishment of community life. It will also examine the intergovernmental dynamics of disaster-related fiscal and technical aid programs and regulatory practices initiated and run by the national and prefectural governments. In doing so, the project will consider the politics of recovery decision making, including contention over a vision of the region's future among different stakeholders and between local and central government policy makers, and the budgetary, operational, and management challenges of recovery programs. The study will draw on both original research on the recovery process in Japan and on published reports and professional articles in the literature about other countries and place its findings in the perspective of the literature on disaster recovery in other countries.

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    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
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    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Start Date: 20131001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39329

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  • Accession Number: 01557735
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC31, HVDR15-21
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2015 1:00AM