Journal of Defense Management

Journal of Defense Management
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ISSN: 2167-0374

Rockie K. Wilson

Rockie K. Wilson
John F. Kennedy School of Government,

  • Research Article
    Operation TOMODACHI: A Model for American Disaster Response Efforts and the Collective use of Military Forces Abroad
    Author(s): Rockie K. WilsonRockie K. Wilson

    On March 11, 2011 the largest earthquake in Japanese history, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, occurred off the coast of Sanriku in the Tohoku region of Japan. The quake triggered a massive tsunami which just moments later overwhelmed settlements and caused catastrophic damage to coastal prefectures. The destruction of homes, businesses, public services, and basic infrastructure combined with the consequences of tsunami damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station reactors served as a ?game changer? for Japanese crisis response and most specifically the relationship it maintains with its now most strategically -- The United States. At 3:30 PM, just 44 minutes after the earthquake hit, the Japanese Ministry of Defense established an Emergency Headquarters in order to initiate response operations. At 7:30 PM, the Defense Minister made history when he mobilized 8,400 Japanese.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2167-0374.19.108

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