National Approaches to Systemic Risk - Germany and Japan under the COVID-19 Crisis

Topics: Webinar | Events

    27/05/2020 - 16:00
    Japan, Tokyo
    27/05/2020 - 17:30
    German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

Time: 27 May 2020,  16:00h – 17:30h (Japan) 9:00h – 10:30h (Germany)


Speaker:  Ortwin Renn, Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

                 Norio Okada, Prof. em. Kyoto University, Disaster Prevention Research Institute


The perception, assessment, communication and containment of risks is

an ongoing challenge for individuals, organizations and societies at

large. The present COVID-19 pandemic reveals the profound problems

countries confront and the difficult trade-offs they have to make when

facing systemic risks combined with a high degree of uncertainty. It

also shows remarkable differences in the way national governments,

businesses and citizens are prepared for the crisis and are trying to

cope with its various dimensions. In our online forum, two leading risk

researchers from Japan and Germany will analyze and evaluate the crisis

responses in their countries. The discussion will explore the

similarities and differences in the national approaches, possible

reasons and implications.




16:00 Introduction and welcome by Franz Waldenberger, DIJ


16:10 Keynote by Ortwin Renn


16:30 Keynote by Norio Okada


16:50 Moderated discussion


17:25 Closing remarks by Franz Waldenberger, DIJ


You can access this online event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdGa3jF7et0


Ortwin Renn is scientific director at the Institute

for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam (Germany). He

continues to serve as acting chair of the Stuttgart Research Center for

Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at the University of

Stuttgart (ZIRIUS) and as scientific director of the non-profit company

DIALOGIK, a research institute for the investigation of communication

and participation processes. Professor Renn is an internationally

renowned risk researcher. His honors include the National Cross of Merit

Order, an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Institute of Technology, an

honorary professorship at the Technical University Munich and the

“Distinguished Achievement Award” of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)


Norio Okada, is Prof. em. of Kyoto University, where

he was heading the Disaster Prevention Research Institute. He currently

serves as special advisor to the Institute of Disaster Area

Revitalization, Regrowth and Governance at Kwansei Gakuin University. He

obtained his Dr. Eng. from the Faculty of Engineering of Kyoto

University. For his research on integrated disaster risk management,

sustainable local communities, environment and water resource management

and participatory governance, he received many international and

Japanese awards. He helped establish the “International Society for

Integrated Disaster Risk Management” and was elected president of the

society for two consecutive terms from 2010 to 2017.


German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)


German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) Tokyo