New Zealand Asia Institute


Programme

The following programme outlines the day's proceedings for the international conference, "Japanese Responses to Social Crisis and Disaster 1995 and 2011".

Friday 13 September 2013


Time Session  Speaker and topic
9am Registration  
9.15am Welcome
  • Associate Professor Natasha Hamilton-Hart (NZAI, The University of Auckland)
  • Professor Robert Greenberg (Dean of Arts, The University of Auckland)
9.30am Session 1: Political responses
  • Chair: Dr Stephen Noakes (The University of Auckland)
  • Speaker 1: Professor Koichi Nakano (Sophia University, Tokyo)
    New Right Transformation in Japan
  • Speaker 2: Professor Rikki Kersten (Australian National University)
    Military Force as Social Good: The Legacies of Operation Tomodachi and the Rehabilitation of Japan’s Self-Defence Forces After 3/11
10.45am Break  
11am Session 1: Political responses (continued)
  • Speaker 3: Professor Mark R Mullins (The University of Auckland)
    Neo-Nationalism, Politics, and Religion in Post-disaster Japan
  • Speaker 4: Ria Shibata (PhD candidate, University of Otago)
    Identity Crisis and the Sino-Japanese Conflict
  • Discussion
12.30pm Lunch

 

1.30pm Session 2: Religious responses
  • Chair: Associate Professor David Slater (Sophia University, Tokyo)
  • Speaker 1: Associate Professor Inaba Keishin (Osaka University)
    Religious Responses to the Earthquake and Tsunami in Northeastern Japan
  • Speaker 2: Tim Graf, PhD candidate (Heidelberg University and Tohoku University)
    Buddhist responses to the 3/11 disasters in Japan
  • Speaker 3: Reverend Dr Mary Caygill (Durham Street Methodist Church, Christchurch)
    Religious Responses to the Christchurch Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011
  • Discussion
4pm End of Session 2  
5pm Public event

Film screeningBuddhism after the Tsunami. The Souls of Zen 3/11 Japan Special (2012)
Introduction and Q&A with co-director, Tim Graf
Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Case Room 2, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

6.30pm Close of Day 1  
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Saturday 14 September 2013


Time Session  Speaker and topic
9am Session 3: Social responses
  • Chair: Dr Ellen Nakamura (The University of Auckland)
  • Speaker 1: Associate Professor Simon Avenell (Australian National University)
    NGOs and the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995: Historical Ramifications
  • Speaker 2: Associate Professor David Slater (Sophia University, Tokyo)
    Social Media and Civic Activism
  • Speaker 3: Professor Andrew Barrie (The University of Auckland)
    Disasters: Can Architects Help?
  • Discussion
10.45am Break

 

11am Session 4: Cultural responses
  • Chair: Dr Lawrence Marceau (The University of Auckland)
  • Speaker 1: Dr Rumi Sakamoto (The University of Auckland)
    Kobayashi Yoshinori, 3/11, and Datsu Genpatsu Ron
  • Speaker 2: Dr Rebecca Suter (University of Sydney)
    Beyond Kizuna: Responses to Disaster and Social Crisis in the Works of Murakami Haruki
  • Discussion
12.30pm Lunch  
1.30pm Session 5: Responses to the nuclear crisis
  • Chair: Professor Koichi Nakano (Sophia University, Tokyo)

  • Speakers 1: Dr Phoebe Holdgrün and Dr Barbara G Holthus (German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo)
    Babysteps Towards Agency: Mothers’ Fears of Radiation

  • Speaker 2: Professor Jeff Kingston (Temple University, Tokyo)
    Japan’s Post-Fukushima Nuclear Energy Policy

  • Discussion

3pm Concluding session
  • Chair: Professor Mark R Mullins (The University of Auckland)
  • Speaker: Ambassador Ian Kennedy
    Personal Reflections and Response
3.30pm Close of Day 2  
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