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Stewart SCHWAB, Dean, Law School, Cornell University
Opening remarks

Fred LOGEVALL, Director, Einaudi Center for International Studies and Professor of History, Cornell University
Opening remarks

miyazakiHirokazu MIYAZAKI, Director, East Asia Program, and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University
Moderator: "Immaterial Reconstruction" session
Presenter: "Saving TEPCO: Financial Market Activism in Post-Fukushima Japan"
My recent work has been driven by a very simple question: how do we keep hope alive? I am interested in this question because of ongoing efforts to claim and even instrumentalize the category of hope in a wide spectrum of genres of knowledge from psychotherapy to conservative and progressive political thought. I have investigated the question in two radically different field sites, a peri-urban village in Suva, Fiji, and a trading room of a major Japanese securities firm in Tokyo. In both of these projects, my ultimate goal has been to construct an ethnographically informed theory of hope that is also hopeful. In more concrete terms, I wish to join ongoing divergent efforts to reinvigorate anthropological knowledge and social theory by contributing to an understanding of the place of hope in knowledge formation, academic and otherwise. As part of this exploration, I have developed an international collaborative research project with the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science (

rilesAnnelise RILES, Director, Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, and Professor of Law and Anthropology, Cornell University
Moderator: "Material Reconstruction" session
Presenter: “Market Totalitarianism”
Annelise Riles is the Jack G. Clarke Professor of Law in Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Cornell, and she serves as Director of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture. Her work focuses on the transnational dimensions of laws, markets and culture. Her most recent book, Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets (Chicago Press 2011), is based on ten years of fieldwork among regulators and lawyers in the global derivatives markets. She recently co-edited a special issue of the journal, Law and Contemporary Problems, "Transdisciplinary Conflict of Laws", which rethinks the field of Conflict of Laws from an interdisciplinary perspective. Her first book, The Network Inside Out, won the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for 2000-2002. Her second book, Rethinking the Masters of Comparative Law, is a cultural history of Comparative Law presented through its canonical figures. Her third book, Documents: Artifacts of Modern Knowledge, brings together lawyers, anthropologists, sociologists and historians of science. Professor Riles has conducted legal and anthropological research in China, Japan and the Pacific and speaks Chinese, Japanese, French, and Fijian.

gendaYuji GENDA, Professor of Labor Economics, University of Tokyo
“Hope beyond the Disaster: New Thoughts and New Firms."
Professor Yuji Genda is a labor economist and a noted public commentator on the problems facing Japanese youth. A recipient of the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities for his work, "A Nagging Sense of Job Insecurity" (in Japanese), he is the author of numerous books and articles on youth, work, and the Japanese labor markets. He is the editor of four edited volumes of essays entitled Social Scientific Studies of Hope (希望の社会科学 ) (University of Tokyo Press) and of an edited volume entitled Hope Studies (希望学) (Chuo Koron Shinsha 2006). Professor Genda directs the Hope Studies project at ISS with which he has been leading studies of the Northeast Japanese coastal town of Kamaishi, one of those devastated by the March 11, 2011, tsunami. Professor Genda was also a member of the Japanese Government’s Study Group of the Reconstruction Design Council in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

kimuraShuhei KIMURA, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Environment and Disaster Research, Fuji Tokoha University
“Between Hope and Nostalgia: Reconstruction in a Coastal Town of Iwate Prefecture.”
Shuhei Kimura is associate professor of social anthropology at the Graduate School of Environment and Disaster Research, Fuji Tokoha University, Japan. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology from the University of Tokyo in 2008, based on a long-term field research on disaster preparedness in Turkey. Among his publications are Anthropology as Reality Critique (coauthor, Naoki Kasuga ed. 2011 in Japanese), Reassembling the Humanosphere (coeditor with Yoko Hayami and Makoto Nishi, in print, in Japanese), "Logics and Practices for Publicization of Disaster Preparedness in Turkey" in Asia Keizai (in Japanese, 2011) and "The Temporality of an Urban Reform Project in Istanbul, Turkey" In Bunkajunruigaku: Japanese Journal of Cultural Anthropology (in Japanese, 2010). Now he is conducting research on 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.

takahashiSatsuki TAKAHASHI, Postdoctoral Associate, East Asian Studies, Princeton University
“Modernity as Mirage: Oceanic Frontiers and Rural Development in Pre- and Post-Fukushima Japan.”
Satsuki Takahashi (PhD anthropology, Rutgers University, 2010) is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. Based on her dissertation and ongoing NSF RAPID-funded follow-up research, she is currently preparing a book manuscript on “unending modernization,” human-ocean relations, and discourses of survival in pre- and post-3/11 Japan. She recently contributed an essay on the 3/11 disaster in Anthropology News October 2011 issue and is preparing several other papers for publication.

moriHiroyuki MORI, Professor, College of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University
“Asbestos Disasters in the Great East Japan Earthquake.”
Professor, College of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University. His publications include “Innovation for Constrained Municipalities: The Transformation of Japanese Local Government under Central Government Pressure,” Anttiroiko, A., Bailey, S. J., and Valkama, P. (eds.); Innovative Trends in Public Governance in Asia, IOS Press, 2011.6, and Miyamoto, K., Morinaga, K., Mori, H. (eds.) Asbestos Disaster: Lessons from Japan's Experience, Springer, 2011.3.

watanabeChika WATANABE, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, Cornell University
"Kizuna (bonds) after the Great East Japan Earthquake."
Chika Watanabe is a doctoral candidate in the department of anthropology at Cornell University.  Her dissertation examines how the cultural politics of secularization shape understandings of “development work” in one of the oldest Japanese NGOs derived from a Shinto-based new religion and its projects in Burma/Myanmar.  More broadly, she is interested in topics such as institutional knowledge practices, embodiment, and memory in contexts where humanitarian and development aid activities take place.  She is currently preparing her next project studying the responses and aid efforts in areas affected by the disaster of March 11th in northern Japan.

kiyamaKeiko KIYAMA, General Secretary, NGO JEN (pre-recorded video appearance)
"Kuzuna (bonds) after the Great East Japan Earthquake."
Keiko Kiyama, the Secretary General of JEN, as well as the co-president of Japan Platform, has been serving refugees, displaced people and victims of natural disasters, since she joined a group of like-minded people in establishing JEN in 1994.  From 1994 to 2000, she worked as the regional representative in former Yugoslav countries where she and her teams implemented hundreds of projects in a wide variety of sectors, including various UN projects.  Currently, JEN is working in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Haiti and Tohoku.  The number of beneficiaries adds up to more than 100,000 every year.  She obtained an MA in Sociology from SUNY-Buffalo.  “The grand prize of the woman of the year 2006” was awarded to Ms. Kiyama from the Nikkei Women Magazine for JEN’s continuous humanitarian assistance in various parts of the world. In 2011, JEN was awarded “Foreign Minister’s Commendations for FY 2011” from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

lawJane Marie LAW, Associate Professor of Japanese Religions, Cornell University
“Religious Communities in Japan Respond to the Tsunami.”
Jane Marie Law received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago, where her work in history of religions focused on Japanese ritual performance and ritual studies. She has spent over five years in Japan conducting field research. Over the last several years, she has been working on a monograph on Buddhist monasticism in the United States. She has also served on the board of directors for Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ithaca, New York, the North American seat of the personal monastery of Holiness the Dalai Lama. In her scholarship and teaching, she is concerned with fusing activism with scholarship, and social responsibility with teaching as a vocation. In the last several years she has been involved in projects to bring scholars working on issues of religion and human rights together with social activists and educators working on these issues.

unoShigeki UNO, Professor of Political Theory, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo
“Political Amnesia and Disorder in Post-3/11 Japan.”
Professor in history of political thought and political philosophy, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo. He was born in 1967 and received his Ph.D. from University of Tokyo. His recent works include Tocqueville, a Theorist of Equality and Inequality, Democracy in the Age of Me-ism, and In Defense of Democracy.

John WHITMAN, Professor of Linguistics, Cornell University
Video conference participant (Tokyo)

Jotaro FUJII (Hotel School, 1981), a Tokyo-based food service and restaurant management consultant
Video conference participant (Tokyo)

Takayuki KIHIRA (Law School, LLM, 2006), Mori, Hamada, Matsumoto Law Office, Tokyo
Video conference participant (Ithaca)

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Shin SAKURAI (College of Architecture, Art and Planning, 1993), Kume Sekkei, Tokyo
Video conference participant (Tokyo)

deBaryBrett DE BARY, Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell University
Moderator: "Forms of Politics After 3/11 - Social Activism"
She has been Director of Cornell's Society for the Humanities (2003-2005) and Director of the Visual Studies Program (2000-2003), she holds a joint appointment with the Department of Asian Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature at Cornell. Her research interests include modern Japanese fiction and film; the Japanese post-modern; comparative literary theory, translation theory and post-colonial theory; and gender and philosophy. She is currently doing research on Japanese woman writer, Morisaki Kazue, member of the influential artist/activist collective "Circle Village" (Saakuru mura) during the political and cultural upheavals surrounding the 1960 renewal of the Japan-U. S. Security Treaty and the historic Mitsui Miike coal mine strike.

sakaiNaoki SAKAI, Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell University
"Fukushima within the configuration of the US Cold War strategy, and the question of power in relation to knowledge production"
Naoki Sakai teaches in the departments of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies and is a member of the graduate field of History at Cornell University. He has published in a number of languages in the fields of comparative literature, intellectual history, translation studies, the studies of racism and nationalism, and the histories of semiotic and literary multitude - speech, writing, corporeal expressions, calligraphic regimes, and phonographic traditions. He has led the project of TRACES, a multilingual series in four languages - Korean, Chinese, English, and Japanese (German and Spanish will be added in 2011) - and served as its founding senior editor (1996-2004). In addition to TRACES, Naoki Sakai serves as a member of the following editorial boards, positions east asia cultural critique (in the United States), Post-colonial studies, International Dictionary of Intellectual History (Britain and Germany), Modern Japanese Cultural History (Japan), ASPECTS (South Korea) and Multitudes (in France).

mutoIchiyo MUTO, Co-President, People’s Plan Study Group (pre-recorded video appearance)
"Fukushima within the configuration of the US Cold War strategy, and the question of power in relation to knowledge production"
Muto Ichiyo, born in 1931 in Tokyo, is a writer on political and social affairs, as well as an activist engaged in the anti-war movement, international solidarity movement, and other social movements. Active in the anti-Vietnam war Beheiren movement (1965-74), he helped found the English-language magazine AMPO in 1969. He also founded the Pacific-Asia Resource Center in 1973, and played a leading role in organizing the People’s Plan 21 major events in Japan (1989), Thailand (1992), and South Asia (1996). ThePeople’s Plan Study Group (PPSG) based in Tokyo was founded in 1998 and Muto served as its co-president untill 2007. Muto is also co-editor of PPSG’s English journal, Japonesia Review. Muto taught at the sociology department of the State University of New York at Binghamton from 1983 through 2000. Author of many books in Japanese including Critique of the Dominant Structure (1970), Base and Culture (1975), Unmasking the Japanese State (1984), Reinstating Political Thought (1988), Visions and Realities (1998), and Problematizing the Postwar Japanese State (1999), Empire vs. People’s Alliance (2003), and American Empire and Disintegration of the Postwar Japanese State (2006), Muta has also written numerous articles in English for AMPO, Japonesia Review, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Multitudes, and other international journals.

yamaguchiYukio YAMAGUCHI, Co-Director, Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center, Tokyo (pre-recorded video appearance)
"Fukushima within the configuration of the US Cold War strategy, and the question of power in relation to knowledge production"
Yukio Yamaguchi is a professor of philosophy of science and environment and Co-Director of the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center.
Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center:
Der Spiegal article:,1518,764907,00.html

richterSteffi RICHTER, Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Leipzig
“Post-Fukushima Japan and New Dimensions of Protest.”
Professor of Japanese Studies at the East Asian Institute, Univer­sity of Leipzig. Her fields of research include history writing in Japan/East Asia as well as Cultural Studies (consumption culture and modern identities), and the intellectual history of Japan. She is co-editor of the series Leipziger Studien zu Ostasien and among her publications are: Japan Lesebuch III: Intelli (1996), (with co-editor Annette Schad-Seifert) Cultural Studies and Japan (2001); (co-editor and co-author) Vergangenheit im Gesellschaftskonflikt (2003); (co-editor and co-author) Reading Manga: Local and Global Perceptions of Japanese Comics (2006); (ed.) Contested Views of a Common Past: Revisions of History in Contemporary East Asia (2008).

koschmannJ. Victor KOSCHMANN, Professor of History, Cornell University
Moderator: "Forms of Protest After 3/11 - Legal and Financial Activism"
The focal point of my research is the nexus between political thought and action, primarily but not exclusively in twentieth-century Japan. In my most recent work I have explored new perspectives on thought and action during Japan’s war years (1931-1945), in the context of such themes as pan-Asianism, the discourse on economic ethics, colonialism, and leftwing movements. I continue to be interested in the rise and decline of citizens’ and other new social movements in postwar Japan and elsewhere, especially in relation to the rise of neoliberalism; the history of Marxism; and the dynamics of empire.

hirano_susumuSusumu HIRANO, Professor, Chuo University, and Visiting Scholar, Cornell Law School
“TEPCO and Japan’s Nuclear Compensation Act.”
Susumu Hirano is a Cornell graduate (an ex-ILJ member), member of the New York State Bar, and currently a tenured professor of law at Chuo University Faculty of Policy Studies. He previously served as the General Counsel of NTT DoCoMo, the largest mobile (cellular) phone carrier in Japan. His research and teaching interests include torts and products liability; cyber law and electronic contracts; and several areas of “law ands.”


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