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TUCS Distinguished Lecture on 3.12.: Masakazu Ohashi

Monday, December 3, 2012 at 13.15

ICT Building, Auditorium Lambda
Coffee served from 12:45

Masakazu Ohashi, Chuo University, Japan: "Business and IT operations continuance in Japan after the 2011 earthquake"

Host: Reima Suomi, University of Turku

Abstract: A survey conducted local governments and enterprises in disaster-damaged and other areas in Japan concerning the Great East Japan Earthquake and business continuity, looking into how business operations were continued on the occasion of the disaster and what challenges emerged then. Given that the disaster affected business continuity in many cases, local governments and private enterprises both in the disaster-damage areas and others have grown more conscious of business continuity. Many of them have prepared and are considering preparing business continuity plans. However, BCP consciousness and effort gaps have emerged between size groups – between prefectural and municipal governments and between large enterprises and small and medium-sized ones. We must appropriately address these gaps in order to enhance the entire society’s resistance to disasters. In order to revive societies and economies and reconstruct the livelihood in the disaster-damaged areas and revitalize the entire Japan, the government must make all-out efforts to promote restoration from the Great East Japan Earthquake and far-sighted reconstruction efforts including the creation of safe, secure and future- oriented towns using sophisticated ICT technologies.

Biography: Masakazu Ohashi is a professor at Graduate School and Faculty of Policy Studies, Chuo University, Japan. His research activity covers the system for the next generation networking social systems and Social Design. He is a chair of International Standardization Committee of e-Tendering and Procurement, Executive Board Member of Foundation, Japan Construction of Information Center and Service Center of Port Engineering (e-Tendering and Procurement Center of Public Work) and the top executive of Time Business Form (Time Authentication). He is a vice-president of The Infosocionomics Society in Japan and a member of UN/CEFACT TBG6. He was a president of Web Services Initiative (2004-2007) and Internet Data Center Initiative (2000-2007) in Japan. He published many books and presents papers at the international conferences and journals regarding Authentication and the next generation social systems.

The TUCS Distinguished Lecture Series is a forum for public lectures by outstanding national and international researchers in all aspects of computing, coming both from academia and industry. All lectures are free and open to the public.