Tuesday, April 5, 2011

IT'S A DISASTER

THE GREAT EASTERN JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND THE US-JAPAN ALLIANCE: PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT. 4/5, 2:30-4:00pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Stimson Center. Speakers: Brian Finlay, Stimson Center; Taku Ishikawa, National Defense Academy of Japan; Jane Nakano, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Heigo Sato, Takushoku University; Yuki Tatsumi, Stimson Center.

JAPAN'S EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI: DIMENSIONS OF THE DISASTER AND FUTURE PROSPECTS. 4/5, 6:30-8:00pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: SAIS. Speakers: Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki; Jessica Einhorn, dean of SAIS; Capt. David Barlow; Hironori Kawauchi, senior economist, East Asian and Pacific Region of the World Bank; Ryo Tsuzukihasi, Japanese SAIS graduate student; Kent Calder, director of the Reischauer Center.

U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND/U.S. FORCES KOREA BUDGETS
4/6 - 10:00am, 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. House Armed Services Committee full committee hearing on the FY2012 national defense authorization budget requests from the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Forces Korea, including military efforts to support the humanitarian relief efforts in Japan. Witnesses: Navy Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command; Army Gen. Walter Sharp, commander, U.S. Forces Korea.

RESPONDING TO DISASTERS: MYTHS, MISTAKES, AND RECOVERY. 4/6, 3:00-5:00pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Wilson Center. Speakers: Frederick Burkle, senior public policy scholar, WWC; Leonard Doyle, International Organization for Migration; Arif Hasan, chairman and founder, Urban Resource Centre of Karachi, Pakistan; Elaine Ubalijoro, adjunct professor of practice for public-private sector partnerships, Centre for Developing-Area Studies at McGill University.

DISASTER AND POLITICS: JAPAN AFTER MARCH 11. 4/6, 10:30am-Noon, Washington, DC. Sponsor: US-Japan Research Institute. Speakers: Dr. Akihiko Tanaka Vice Chair, USJI Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo; Dr. Michael Auslin, AEI; Dr. Andrew Oros, Washington College.

LEGAL AND POLICY PERSPECTIVES ON THE JAPANESE CRISIS. 4/6, 6:00-7:30pm, New York, NY. Sponsors: Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia University; Center for Japanese Legal Studies; "NHK" (Nihonho Kenkyukai) Student Organization; Columbia Law School. Speakers: Masayoshi Arai, Special Advisor, Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan, and Director, Japan External Trade Organization, New York; Michael Gerrard, Professor, Professional Practice in Law, and Director, Center on Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School; Curtis J. Milhaupt, Fuyo Professor, Japanese Law, and Parker Professor, Comparative Corporate Law at Columbia Law School; Hajime Matsuura, Senior Columnist, Sankei Shimbun.

ASSESSING U.S. EARTHQUAKE RISK REDUCTION
4/7 - 10:00am, 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Technology and Innovation Subcommittee hearing on "Are We Prepared? Assessing Earthquake Risk Reduction in the United States." Witnesses: Dr. Jack Hayes, Director, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program(NEHRP), National Institute of Standards and Technology; Mr. Jim Mullen, Director, Washington State Emergency Management Division; President, National Emergency Management Association; Mr. Chris Poland, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Degenkolb Engineers; Chairman, NEHRP Advisory Committee; Dr. Vicki McConnell, Oregon State Geologist and Director, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.

JAPAN’S NUCLEAR CRISIS: AN UPDATE AND NEW PERSPECTIVES. 4/7, 3:30-5:00pm, Stanford, CA. Sponsor: Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University. Speakers: Chaim Braun, Consulting Professor, CISAC; Edward Blandford, Postdoctoral Fellow, CISAC; Charles Perrow, Visiting Professor, CISAC; Professor Emeritus, Sociology, Yale University; Lynn Eden, Senior Research Scholar & Associate Director for Research, CISAC.

NUCLEAR SAFETY AFTER FUKUSHIMA. 4/7, 2:00pm-5:00pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: CSIS. Speakers: Moderator: Ms. Sharon Squassoni, Director, CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program; Mr. Alex Flint, Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs, Nuclear Energy Institute; Ms. Ellen Vancko, Nuclear Energy and Climate Change Project Manager, Union of Concerned Scientists; Mr. Mark Holt, Specialist in Energy Policy, Congressional Research Service; Dr. Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; Mr. Carlton Stoiber, Chair of the Nuclear Security Working Group, International Nuclear Law Association; Ms. Carol Kessler, Chair of the Nonproliferation and National Security Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (NRC) (F.R. Page 16457) holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, April 7-8.

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