On December 5, 2011, a distinguished panel of experts convened at the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo for the purpose of drawing lessons for first responders from the experiences of the Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010 and the East Japan earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. Haiti, a developing country whose governance and logistical infrastructure were devastated by the earthquake, was forced to rely almost entirely on international responders. Japan, a developed country with ample domestic capacity, responded largely with its own resources. Nevertheless, the experiences of responders in both cases evinced interesting and important commonalities. CIGI organised this event in cooperation with the Embassy of Canada to Japan, the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Japan Futures Initiative

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The discussion took place in both English and Japanese (click to listen/download), with simultaneous two-way translation.

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Professor Makoto Iokibe, President of the National Defense Academy of Japan and Chairman of the Reconstruction Design Council

Colonel Jacques Morneau, Defence Attaché, Embassy of Canada to the Republic of Korea; former Chief of Staff for MINUSTAH; former Special Assistant to the Ambassador of Canada to Haiti

Ambassador Sadaaki Numata, Former Ambassador of Japan to Canada

Professor Andrew S. Thompson, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo; Program Officer, Global Governance Programs, The Balsillie School of International Affairs

Professor David A. Welch, Chair of Global Security at the Centre for International Governance Innovation; Director, Balsillie School of International Affairs; Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Noboru Yamaguchi, Director, Center for National Security and Crisis Management; former Special Adviser to the Cabinet; former Commanding General, Research and Development Command, Japan Ground Self Defense Force

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