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Asia-Pacific Disaster Management

Comparative and Socio-legal Perspectives

Butt, Simon, Nasu, Hitoshi, Nottage, Luke (Eds.)

2014, XII, 303 p. 4 illus., 2 illus. in color.

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  • ​​​​​​Comprehensive and scholarly account of the legal, political and socio-economic implications of Japan’s ’triple disasters’ in 2011
  • Multi-disciplinary perspective combining legal and social science perspectives on lessons to be learned from the disaster in Japan and its recovery as well as the Asia-Pacific region more generally
  • Insights and proposals for regulatory reform related to disaster prevention and relief

The book outlines the regulatory environment for disaster prevention and management in broad social, economic and political context. The first half of the book focuses mainly on Japan, especially the ‘3.11’ events: the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tohoku area on 11 March 2011 and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant radiation leaks. The second half focuses on the USA (the only other Asia-Pacific country to have experienced a serious nuclear emergency), Indonesia, China, New Zealand, Australia and international law. One question explored in serveral of the 14 chapters is whether socio-legal norms play different roles in preventing and managing responses to natural disasters compared to ‘man-made’ disasters. Another is how ‘disaster law’ interacts with society across very diverse communities in the disaster-prone Asia-Pacific region. The book also addresses the increasingly important roles played by international law and regional regimes for cross-border cooperation in disaster prevention and relief, including the functions played by military forces.

Erudite, pragmatic, and charged with detailed, substantive knowledge of an astonishing range of contexts and research fields, this timely collection of important essays on the law and society of disaster management stands as an exemplary international academic response to the disasters of 11 March 2011. (Annelise Riles)

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Asia-Pacific - Disaster Law - Disaster Management - Liability for Nuclear Disasters - Natural Hazards

Related subjects » Environmental / Development / Agricultural Economics - Law - Natural Hazards - Policy, Economics, Management & Transport

Table of contents 

Disaster Management: Socio-Legal and Asia-Pacific Perspectives.- A Public Health Perspective on Reconstructing Post-Disaster Japan.- Disaster in Japan: A Case Study.- Government Liability for Regulatory Failure in the Fukushima Disaster: An Australian Comparison.- Liability for Nuclear Damages under Japanese Law: Key Legal Problems Arising from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident.- Managing Future Disasters: Japan’s Energy Security and Nanotechnology Regulation.- The March 2011 Tohoku Disaster in Japanese Science Fiction.- BRR Aceh-Nias: Post-disaster Reconstruction Governance.- Disaster Management Law in Indonesia: From Response to Preparedness? .- The Legal System in China and the Handling of Accidents and Disasters.- The Slow Road to Recovery: A City Rebuilds under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.- Human Rights and Dignity: Lessons from the Canterbury Rebuild and Recovery Effort.- Tax Policy and Chaos: War, Disaster, and the Role of the Tax System.- International Nuclear Law – Nuclear Safety, Emergency Response and Nuclear Liability.

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