The Sendai earthquake was a terrible tragedy for Japan, but I’m optimistic that it will jump start innovation and a collective sense of action in a country that needed a little shaking up. How has living in the most active earthquake zone in the world affected engineering and innovation in Japan? And what seeds of creativity do we see spawning from the aftermath, as solutions or coping mechanisms, using technology?
Lisa Katayama is a San Francisco-based journalist who writes about Japanese culture, technology, and entrepreneurship for Wired, Popular Science, Fast Company, and The New York Times Magazine. She is also a producer for PRI’s Studio360 radio show, the author of a book called Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan, and a correspondent for Boing Boing, one of Time Magazine’s five most essential blogs of 2010. She’s spoken about Japanese web culture to the BBC, CNN, ABC, Martha Stewart Radio, and at venues like O’Reilly’s ETech conference and the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. Her personal web site, TokyoMango, was a runner up for the Weblog Awards in 2009. When she’s not working, she rock climbs, does triathlons, and plays the ukulele to her two dogs.
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