Naoki Inose, 65, Vice Governor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, a native of Nagano Prefecture and a graduate of Shinshu University, is a prolific writer. His books include "The Mikado's Portrait," which won him the Ōya Prize for nonfiction in 1987, "The Century of Black Ships," "Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima," "The Power of Roads," "Taking Down Kasumigaseki" and "Becoming Vice Governor of Tokyo in 2010."
His pet projects include a merger of the capital's two subway systems, Metro and Toei, and promoting exports of Tokyo's waterworks technologies to developing countries throughout Asia.
But in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami last year, Inose has taken on the task of developing a contingency plan against the earthquake that is anticipated to strike the metropolitan region. In his latest book, "Ketsudan suru Chikara" ("The power of making decisions"), he touches upon the crisis management measures that are being implemented or are under consideration by the metropolitan government.
In this video taken at the FCCJ Inose elaborates on those measures, as well as other outstanding issues facing the Japanese capital.