On 11 March 2011 a magnitude 9 earthquake in the northern Pacific triggered a 40 metre-high tsunami that struck Japan’s Pacific coast, causing 16,000 deaths, the destruction of 125,000 buildings, and meltdowns in three reactors in the Fukushima Nuclear Power complex. The scale of this tragedy was described by the country’s Prime Minister as the greatest crisis faced by his nation since the end of the Pacific War. On the anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, the Lowy Institute will convene a panel to discuss how Japan’s government, society and economy have responded to the tragedy, and whether its effects will continue to shape Japan’s internal and external policies into the future.

The panellists were Manuel Panagiotopoulos, Professor Jenny Corbett, Greg Earl and Dr Michael Fullilove (moderator).

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