Advance Praise

3.11 is very well written, insightful, and informative-it’s a masterful work by a great scholar.”-Jeff Kingston, Temple University Japan Campus, author of Japan’s Quiet Transformation: Social Change and Civil Society in the 21st Century

“Richard J. Samuels has done extraordinary work in 3.11, building from a dazzling array of local sources. This book is impressive in its reach and its depth, particularly given the speed with which social and political debates in Japan have evolved since the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear catastrophe Exceptionally well researched, deeply informative, and compellingly written, 3.11 will likely be viewed as the essential work on post-disaster Japanese politics. People will want to turn to it for years to come.”-David Leheny, Henry Wendt III ’55 Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, author of Think Global, Fear Local: Sex, Violence, and Anxiety in Contemporary Japan

“Well done to Richard J. Samuels. This peerlessly detailed analysis of Japanese policy formulation in the wake of the 3.11 disaster provides a sobering assessment in three key areas: national security, energy, and local governance. Samuels’s extensive research and documentation of the dialogue between Japanese citizens and their leaders and the policy results to date provide a solid and compelling foundation for some surprising conclusions. This book is a must-read for policymakers in the United States and Japan and for scholars and all those interested in Japan and its future.”-William J. Fallon, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired), Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (2005-2007), and Commander, U.S. Central Command (2007-2008)

“Where on earth is Japan heading after the 3.11 tragedy? Richard J. Samuels lucidly assesses the anguish of our society, making the situation clearly visible to me for the first time.”-Yoshibumi Wakamiya, former Editor-in-Chief of Asahi Shimbun

“An extraordinary book! Based on extensive research and discussions with people on the ground, Richard J. Samuels provides an extremely realistic and incisive account of Japan’s biggest disaster since World War II. A story as convincing as this one is yet to be published even in Japan. Showing the potential of a nation trying to get back on its feet, the book’s theme-setting is strategic and its analysis thorough. It also points out the inherent vulnerabilities of Japan and exposes what the country needs. This book is a road map for the post-3.11 Japan.”-Yukio Okamoto, former member of Prime Minister’s 3.11 Reconstruction Promotion Committee

“This book is essential reading for those who want to understand why disaster has not produced the dramatic changes many people had expected.”-Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

3.11 is a much needed and careful analysis of the political and administrative historical background of the disaster, its dramatic unfolding, and its uncertain legacy for the nation.”-Charles Perrow, Yale University, author of Normal Accidents: Living with High Risk Technologies

“Samuels draws on a lifetime of experience researching Japan’s politics and local government, military and energy policy, and political leadership and economy to craft a definitive political account of the country’s response to the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accidents of March 11, 2011. In a narrative organized around the themes of vulnerability, leadership, community, and change, Samuels emphasizes how institutions of Japanese government and society shaped the disaster response.”—Library Journal (15 May 2013)