The Great East Japan Earthquake has tragically exposed the vulnerabilities of societal systems that the Japanese have long taken for granted. Many of the coastal defense structures that were built along the Northern Pacific coast, such as seawalls, failed to protect communities from the record-breaking tsunami that was generated. The quiet faith in Japan’s nuclear reactors by its citizenry shattered when radioactive particles emitted by the severely damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station spread far and wide and continue to do so to this very day. Similarly, everyday Japanese citizens and businesses alike were abruptly forced to contend with “rolling blackouts” instituted as an emergency measure by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) due to the shortage in power generating capacity. Confusion and frustration materialized as government officials and the media struggled to communicate with the public and failed to word the right message in the midst of this unprecedented disaster in Japan’s modern history. The Seminar will analyze the mechanisms behind each of the vulnerabilities just described and identify any countermeasures that were ready and available, as well as those that were not. This still on-going catastrophe will serve as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the global community, yielding critical lessons to prepare for the future and prevent a repeat of the events that began on March 11, 2011.