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"In 3.11, Richard J. Samuels updates and examines the impact the 11 March 2011 tsunami disaster at three policy levels of national security, energy, and local governance. Through extensive field visits, interviews, and documentation, Samuels highlights appreciation for the Self-defence Forces, the relevance of the Japan-US Security Treaty, serious questions about reliance on nuclear energy, and scrutiny of existing governance structures. Of particular relevance is the installation of the independent public investigatory commission, the Kurokawa Committee in the Diet, to examine and strengthen forthcoming administrative mechanisms. The readers are left with the question: The catastrophe has opened many doors for change. Will Japan follow?"—Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (1991-2001) and President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (2003-2012)
"Richard J. Samuels has written an absolutely first-rate analysis of Japan's effort to grapple with adjustments in three policy areas—national security, energy, and local governance—in the wake of the Great Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. It reveals surprising elements of change in some areas, and resistance to change in others, and will be of great interest to both Japan specialists and policymakers in the United States and elsewhere."—Mike Armacost, Distinguished Fellow, Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center, Stanford University, author of Friends or Rivals?