Emergency Management in Japan: Prospects for US-Japan Cooperation


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Throughout their histories, the United States and Japan each have developed a rich experience in responding to emergencies including large-scale natural disasters and terrorist attacks in city centers. From the 2011 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, from the 1995 Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subways to the September 11, 2001 attack at the World Trade Center, the U.S. and Japan are seasoned responders. In addition, as hosts of high-profile, heavily attended events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and marathon footraces in major cities like Boston and New York, both countries also have experience in formulating contingency plans that involve emergency preparedness. Join the Stimson Center and the International Institute of Global Resilience for a public seminar on the U.S. and Japan’s unique opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in future emergencies.


WHAT: A public seminar on opportunities for the U.S. and Japan to cooperate on emergency management.

WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036

WHEN: Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.​

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Honorable Masako Mori

Masako Mori is a lawyer and a member of the House of Councillors of the National Diet since 2007, representing Fukushima Prefecture. As a director and member of the Upper House Research Committee on Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Power Issues, she has promoted efforts to rebuild disaster-hit areas in the Tohoku region since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. She is also the chair of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Research Commission on Public Safety and Counter-Terrorism. From December 2012 to September 2014, she was appointed to the second cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as Minister of State for the Declining Birthrate and Consumer Affairs. Prior to her tenure in the Diet, she was the Deputy Director of the Credit System Office in the Planning and Coordination Bureau of the Financial Services Agency in 2005. She graduated from Tohoku University School of Law and was a visiting researcher at the New York University School of Law in 2003.


Ellis M. Stanley

Ellis M. Stanley has over 40 years of experience in emergency management and is the Chair of the Global Board of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). He developed one of the first fixed nuclear facility plans in the U.S. following the Three Mile Island disaster. As the Director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, he worked on major event planning for the 1988 Democratic National Convention, the 1990 Nelson Mandela visit, and the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. He also implemented the first Metropolitan Medical Response System in response to the 1996 Olympic Games. While working for the City of Los Angeles, he was a co-founder of the Earthquakes and Mega-Cities Initiative, an international organization formed to reduce urban risk in a changing climate. He has led delegations of emergency management professionals to China and Japan for exchange programs, and was part of a multi-disciplinary research team in Haiti and Chile following major earthquakes. In 2011 he led an assessment team to Ghana to assess the country’s emergency management program. He has been appointed to numerous boards and committees by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He received his BA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has an honorary doctoral degree in public service from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.


Honorable W. Craig Fugate

W. Craig Fugate is an emergency management consultant with decades of experience in the government and private sector. He served as the Administrator of FEMA from May 2009 to January 2017, where he promulgated the “whole community” approach to emergency management, emphasizing and improving collaboration with all levels of government and external partners. As Administrator, he oversaw the federal response to over 500 presidentially declared disasters and emergencies, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He also led U.S. assistance in international disasters, including the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. Prior to FEMA, he was the Chief of the State Emergency Response Team in the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), responding to numerous floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and hurricanes. Later, as Director of the FDEM, he managed in 2004 the largest federal disaster response in Florida history to four major hurricanes in succession, and again in 2005 with three more hurricanes, including Katrina. He currently is an advisor for The Cadmus Group, BlueDot Strategies, and Interagency Readiness Solutions, and is the Chief Emergency Management Officer for One Concern, a company developing software for use by emergency response professionals.


Maki Fukami, Ph.D.

Maki Fukami is the only organization management scientist who has studied emergency management in Japan. She has undertaken extensive fieldwork in the Japanese Fire Service and Coast Guard for more than 10 years and is currently the Japan representative of IAEM. She established the International Institute of Global Resilience (IIGR) to promote the professionalization of emergency management internationally in 2012. IIGR has done many innovative projects with partners both in the U.S. and Japan and received the Chairman’s Award from IAEM for exceptional efforts to establish a strong partnership between Japanese emergency managers and their colleagues globally in 2013. Dr. Fukami received her Ph.D. in Economics from Kyoto University in 2008, and she has been a Visiting Scholar at the Japan Coast Guard Academy (2005), University of California Los Angeles (2006), and George Washington University (2010), conducting research on development of simulation training, incident command systems, and American emergency management. Her research interests focus on organization development and organizational design in public and emergency management.


Yuki Tatsumi

Yuki Tatsumi is the Director of Stimson’s Japan Program and a Senior Associate in the East Asia Program. Previously, Tatsumi worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as the Special Assistant for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. In September 2006, Tatsumi testified before the House Committee on International Relations. She is a recipient of the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award and in 2012 earned the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan for her contributions to advancing mutual understanding between the United States and Japan. A native of Tokyo, Tatsumi holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in international economics and Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University SAIS.



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