Tuesday, April 5, 2011

E-Book of the Week: Japan

OECD Publishing. Japan: Large-Scale Floods and Earthquakes. Paris, France: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2009.

In view of the recent catastrophes suffered by Japan, it is instructive to peruse this 2009 report from the OECD Futures Project on Risk Management. As the project name suggests, this review plays more to policy wonks than general readers, but it is well organized, clearly written, and features executive summaries for its two major topics. Interestingly, threats to nuclear power plants receive scant attention, although buried on p. 104 is the prescient recommendation that “chemical and nuclear industries and activities need to be obliged by law to take flood-related risks…more specifically into account, especially large scale ones…”

Previewed by Jack Ray, Associate Director. Click here to read this book.

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