Japan Ready to Share 3/11 Disaster Lessons

This week marks the opening of the “Sendai Dialogue” on disaster response lessons from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. The conference is co-hosted by the Japanese government and the World Bank as a part of the annual International Monetary Fund meetings which are held in Tokyo this year.

Delegates will visit sites in disaster-affected communities and will attempt to create a global consensus on how to prepare for disasters in the future, according to The Japan Times.

Read the full story from The Japan Times, by clicking here.

Asia Foundation at Google’s Big Tent on Open Data, Disasters

June 27, 2012
By Michelle Chang

On July 2 in Sendai, Japan, nearly a year and a half after the tragic earthquake and tsunami devastated the region, The Asia Foundation will participate in a Google conference to examine using open data in disaster relief. As the world is seeing stronger effects of climate change and other factors, floods, rising sea levels, tsunamis, and monsoons threaten the lives of millions, this is a timely moment to call attention to natural disaster management across both developed and developing countries. And, as nations across the globe embrace innovative information and communications technology tools to help support disaster management, the conference is a chance for leading experts in technology, emergency assistance, and development to come together to discuss progress and challenges ahead. [Read more...]

To save mankind from itself, governance must catch up with technology

By Nicholas Benes

Nicholas Benes

Nowadays, we are seeing a lot of corporate governance and risk management blow-ups. Many of these failures result in massive risk externalization events, in which the company causes so much damage that it goes bankrupt or otherwise can’t compensate for the huge trouble and losses it has caused.

The list includes Lehman Brothers, AIG, Enron, Fannie Mae, and a major portion of the Japanese banking sector in the 1990s. It also includes a host of lesser-known firms that went under, and assorted events such as the BP oil spill and Tepco’s meltdowns.

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In Appreciation of Philanthropic Visionary Tadashi Yamamoto

By Barnett F. Baron
President & CEO

Tadashi Yamamoto, founder and president of the Japan Center for International Exchange, passed away
on April 15 at the age of 76. He was an extraordinary person whose career was marked by extraordinary
accomplishment. He was a liberal internationalist, an optimist who believed wholeheartedly that cultural
exchanges and dialogue could bring peoples and nations closer together, especially those that previously
had been adversaries. He believed that people-to-people exchanges in all their forms were a formidable
vehicle for international understanding and peace. He committed his life to interpreting Japan to the world
and the world to Japan. [Read more...]

One Year Later: Reflections on Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Recovery Efforts

Gillian Yeoh

Gillian Yeoh  has been in charge of Give2Asia’s disaster response efforts in the Asia-Pacific region since 2006. In September 2011, Yeoh authored a report on disaster philanthropy that outlines lessons and best practices for disaster giving compiled by Give2Asia over the course of the last decade. Click here to download the full report. She also authored a paper on the unique opportunities and challenges of disaster response in Tohoku, titled Lessons Learned: The 2011 Disasters in Tohoku, Japan, which you can read here.

This article originally appeared on the Philanthropy Front and Center-San Francisco blog.

As I reflect on the past year of recovery efforts in Japan, and what I have learned from the site visits I conducted, I am inspired by the resilience of the many people I have met whose lives are forever changed by the disaster that started a year ago. One particular story of survival, and now of leadership, still resonates with me as Give2Asia continues to analyze and assess the situation in Tohoku and the ongoing needs of the affected communities. [Read more...]