The Earthquake, Japan and the World Archive

  • The dividing line between “natural disasters” and man-made ones is not always as clear-cut as people like to think, argues Japan Foundation President Ogoura Kazuo. Human actions are sometimes implicated even in what we think of as purely natural catastrophes.

    Natural Disasters and Man-Made Disasters

    The dividing line between “natural disasters” and man-made ones is not always as clear-cut as people like to think, argues Japan Foundation President Ogoura Kazuo. Human actions are sometimes implicated even in what we think of as purely natural catastrophes.

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  • Japan Foundation President Ogoura Kazuo worked around the world during his career as a Japanese diplomat, serving as ambassador in Vietnam, South Korea, and France. Here he argues that the differing international reactions to the disaster reflected the characteristics of each country and its people.

    Disaster as a Mirror

    Japan Foundation President Ogoura Kazuo worked around the world during his career as a Japanese diplomat, serving as ambassador in Vietnam, South Korea, and France. Here he argues that the differing international reactions to the disaster reflected the characteristics of each country and its people.

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  • President of the Japan Foundation, Ogoura Kazuo, looks back on the 1923 Kantō Earthquake through the eyes of the French poet-ambassador Paul Claudel. In his first-hand observations, Claudel was impressed by America’s discrete disaster response; and this has been the US approach in 2011 too.

    Arriving Soon and Leaving Soon

    President of the Japan Foundation, Ogoura Kazuo, looks back on the 1923 Kantō Earthquake through the eyes of the French poet-ambassador Paul Claudel. In his first-hand observations, Claudel was impressed by America’s discrete disaster response; and this has been the US approach in 2011 too.

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  • The March 11 earthquake and tsunami have thrown the nation into shock, horror, and grief, but the nation has drawn together. People in neighboring countries have expressed great sympathy, suggesting that the notion of an East Asian community is not a distant dream.

    Disaster and Jewels

    The March 11 earthquake and tsunami have thrown the nation into shock, horror, and grief, but the nation has drawn together. People in neighboring countries have expressed great sympathy, suggesting that the notion of an East Asian community is not a distant dream.

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