Responses to Depopulation, Industrial Restructuring and Natural Disasters in Post-war Era – the case study of Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture
Prof Naofumi Nakamura (University of Tokyo)
Date: 4 March 2020 Time: 5:00 PM
Finishes: 4 March 2020 Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle), London NW1 4QP
This lecture examines the crises facing post-war regional Japan, taking Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture (host city of RWC 2019) as a case study. Today, Kamaishi is a small rural city with a population of 36,000 facing a chronic crisis of depopulation. The March 2011 tsunami and Great East Japan Earthquake brought new urgency to the issues of chronic depopulation and economic restructuring to Kamaishi and the surrounding areas. Kamaishi provides us with an appropriate case study for examining how regional communities have attempted to respond to the key crises facing all of regional post-war Japan: depopulation, industrial restructuring and natural disasters.
This is an external event, for more details please visit the SOAS Japan Research Centre website.