Translational Systems Sciences

Unsafety

Disaster Management, Organizational Accidents, and Crisis Sciences for Sustainability

Authors: ATSUJI, Shigeo

  • Is the first book to examine the mechanism of systemic breakdown and pathologies underlying the unsafety linking human-made disaster and natural disaster
  • Explores the methodological possibilities of systems sciences for resilience reflecting public well-being from the case study of the Fukushima disaster and organizational accidents
  • Prescribes decision making in disaster management and environmental policy based on a transdisciplinary approach in the interest of a global sustainable society
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About this book

This is the first book to examine the linkages among natural and organizational accidents and disasters in the modern era and clarifies the mechanisms involved and the significance of emerging problems, from the aging of vital infrastructure for the supply of water, gas, oil, and electricity to the breakdown of pensions, healthcare, and other social systems. The book demonstrates how we might check the underlying civilizational collapse and then explore translational systems approaches toward resilient management and policy for sustainability.

In Unsafety, the author focuses on the kinds of unnatural disasters and organizational accidents that arise as repercussions of natural hazards. Japan serves as an example, where earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons are common, with the Fukushima nuclear disaster as an outstanding case of this link between natural disasters and organizational accidents. Natural and human-made disasters happen worldwide and cause misery through loss of life; destruction of livelihoods as in agriculture, fisheries, and the manufacturing industry; and interruption of urban life. Unsafety from a disaster in one place increases uncertainty elsewhere, presenting urgent issues in all nations for individuals, organizations, regions, and the state.

The author explains that one factor in the Fukushima catastrophe, which followed in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, was the latent deterioration and aging of systems at all levels from the physical to the social, leading through a chain reaction to unsought and unforeseen consequences. Here, the aging of the nuclear reactor system, the breakdown of safety management, and inappropriate instructions from the regulatory authorities combined to create the three-fold disaster, in which technological, organizational, and governmental dysfunction have been diagnosed as reflecting a “systems pathology” infecting all levels.

About the authors

Dr. Shigeo Atsuji is Professor of Informatics at Kansai University in Japan and a Research Fellow at Kyoto University (2012-13). With a DBA in organization theory and a PhD in policy sciences, he is a member of a number of scholarly associations and societies. Professor Atsuji’s research interests focus on management informatics and organizational intelligence, decision-making theory and the organizational aspects of accident and disaster. He has led teams producing case studies of events such as the Fukushima nuclear power station disaster linked to the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 and the JR West railway accident of 2005 and has presented associated case studies funded by the government at international conferences including those of the International Society for Systems Science and the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Carbonized Terra: Paradox of Civilization

    Atsuji, Shigeo

    Pages 3-16

  • The Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe: Systemic Breakdown and Pathology

    Atsuji, Shigeo

    Pages 17-41

  • Our Stolen Sustainability: Contamination by Environmental Hormones

    Atsuji, Shigeo

    Pages 43-62

  • Crime or Punishment: Brakeless Accidents without Compliance and Governance

    Atsuji, Shigeo

    Pages 65-85

  • Lost Trust: Socio-biological Hazard—From AIDS Pandemic to Viral Outbreaks

    Atsuji, Shigeo

    Pages 87-106

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-4-431-55922-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-4-431-56728-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Unsafety
Book Subtitle
Disaster Management, Organizational Accidents, and Crisis Sciences for Sustainability
Authors
Series Title
Translational Systems Sciences
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-55924-5
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-55924-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-55922-1
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56728-8
Series ISSN
2197-8832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 232
Number of Illustrations and Tables
50 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour
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