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Post-Disaster Rebuilding in Harmony with Nature: The Role of Sustainability Science

Thank you very much for attending the 2nd Global Asia Seminar.
65 people who are students, faculty, workers or etceteras were participated, and the Q&A session was very significant.
The seminar was successfully brought to completion.

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<Report on the seminar>
The Q&A session was very significant as follows.

For the question of the participant how the environmental policy was changed after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Prof. Takeuchi mentioned that it is a big issue to discuss the right or wrong of nuclear dependence as Japan continued.
The discussion was deepened more regarding the concept to build “resilient society”.
Prof. Takeuchi emphasized that it is important to build the society which is able to deal with the sudden disaster and especially to response decreasing birthrate and aging population in East Asia.
Also, the position of the participation in Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP) was discussed.
Prof. Takeuchi agrees to participate in TPP, but he pointed out that it should not be conservative too much.

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Date: November 19 (Mon), 2012
Time: 16:30-18:00
Venue: Room 710, 7th Floor, Building 19, Waseda University
Lecturer: Prof. TAKEUCHI, Kazuhiko
Vice-Rector, UNU / Director, UNU-ISP
Director and Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S),
The University of Tokyo

Chair: Prof. MATSUOKA, Shunji
General Manager of Campus Asia-EAUI Program
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
Number: Around 80
(Please note that there is a possibility to be rejected to attend it due to the seating capacity.)
Medium: English
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<Abstract>
In recovering from natural disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake, there is an opportunity to build more resilient and sustainable communities. Sustainability science provides important insights and solutions to Japan’s current challenges, including disaster recovery, an ageing population and declining industries.

The disaster revealed vulnerabilities in centralized socio-economic systems, and the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has prompted significant changes to energy policy. Nature provides both benefits and threats--we must create a reinforcing relationship between people and nature, whereby human well-being and safety is enriched by ecosystem services. This goal is reflected in the Aichi targets adopted at CBD/COP10. Japan’s National Biodiversity Strategy provides a roadmap to achieving these targets, with new proposals to develop networks of decentralized, self-sustaining communities.

In the revitalization of the Tohoku region, there must be renewed attention to its traditional Satoyama and Satoumi landscapes. The primary industries in the region have been in decline in recent years, and cannot merely be restored. Rather, the “sextiary sector" should be grown, focusing on distinctive high value-added agricultural, forestry, and fishing products. A “new commons” is needed, bringing in local municipalities, corporations, NPOs, and residents, along with governance that connects global and local commons.

<Lecturer's General Information>
Field of Specialization: Landscape Ecology and Planning, Sustainability Science
Brief Personal History: Kazuhiko Takeuchi is a Vice-Rector of United Nations University and the Director of UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace, the Director and Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) at the University of Tokyo.
He has served, inter alia, as a member of the Central Environment Council, and a member of the Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policies Council, Government of Japan, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sustainability Science (Springer).

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