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In a recent article, Global Resilience Faculty Affiliate, Daniel Aldrich, of Northeastern University explained the political instinct that sucks Japanese policymakers towards physical infrastructure and megaprojects. They are tangible symbols of “doing something” in a country that averages a new prime minister every two years; the cost-benefit analysis of concrete is more straightforward than the alternative, non-physical projects; the construction industry is a powerful lobbyist.

So, while national resilience may appear defined by big, long-lasting things made of concrete, there is short-termism throughout the mix which can lead to Japan’s National Resilience taking a battering in the near future.