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Title: POST-DISASTER RECONSTRUCTION: REBUILDING COMMUNITIES IN OTSUCHI TOWN, IWATE PREFECTURE AFTER THE GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI ON 11TH MARCH 2011
Authors: KU KA LEUNG
Keywords: Post-disaster Reconstruction, Rural Revitalization, Disaster Governance
Issue Date: 11-Jan-2018
Citation: KU KA LEUNG (2018-01-11). POST-DISASTER RECONSTRUCTION: REBUILDING COMMUNITIES IN OTSUCHI TOWN, IWATE PREFECTURE AFTER THE GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI ON 11TH MARCH 2011. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: My thesis examines post-disaster reconstruction in Ōtsuchi, a coastal municipality in northeastern Japan that was severely damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami (GEJE) on 11th March 2011. I argue that for municipalities in rural Japan, post-disaster reconstruction is complicated because it entails a revitalization of communities that were already in decline before the GEJE. The consequences of the GEJE should therefore be understood as a result of historical trends in rural Japan rather than that of a sudden isolated event. The GEJE also did not affect all Ōtsuchi residents equally, leading to differences of opinion among residents regarding reconstruction initiatives, which persisted even after the reconstruction plan was finalized. Faced with bureaucratic delays, some residents, volunteers and non-profit organizations implemented their own reconstruction initiatives with varying success. I argue that the first step to reconstructing communities is to encourage residents to plan and execute their own projects.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/140002
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