Title: Japanese and their Earthquakes
Speaker: Associate Professor Gregory Clancey
My talk will be about a project that I thought was completed, but has become a 'work-in-progress' because of events. I published a book on the history of Japanese earthquakes in 2006, but then turned my attention to other topics. But with the 'Great East Japan Earthquake' and tsunami in March of this year, I was pulled back into discussions, and discovered I had more to think about, and more to say. The people who initially pulled me back in were reporters, who wanted to interview me about the Japanese peoples' response to the disaster, and to previous ones. My talk to all of you will start with controversial questions that came up in these interviews and my reactions as an historian of Japan.