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Black WaveHow Networks and Governance Shaped Japan's 3/11 Disasters$
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Daniel P. Aldrich

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226638263

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226638577.001.0001

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Village, Town, and City Level: Vertical Ties Bringing Resources

Village, Town, and City Level: Vertical Ties Bringing Resources

(p.72) Three Village, Town, and City Level: Vertical Ties Bringing Resources
Black Wave

Daniel P. Aldrich

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 3 moves up one level of analysis to the perspective of the village, town, and city. Some municipalities saw high levels of mortality in the tsunami, while others did not. Exposure to the coast, tsunami height, demographics, and other factors cannot explain these outcomes, but connections among locals can. Why a few cities rebounded quickly from the event while others struggled to recover population and businesses is an equally important question. Some cities and towns had strong connections to powerful politicians or ex-politicians in Tokyo, ties that simultaneously embody governance and connections. With a shortage of construction firms and available labor, bureaucratic impediments to rapid zoning changes, and a variety of large-scale, top-down construction projects in the area, a deft political touch came in handy.

Keywords:   City level, Leadership, Governance, Mayor, Town councillor

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