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WCC 2012 Singapore: Managing the Supply Chain Risks During the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake


Keynote Speaker for World Continuity Congress 2012 Singapore

Managing the  Supply Chain Risks During the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake
Professor Kenji Watanabe, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

As the effects of the March 2011 Sendai earthquake, Fukushima nuclear disaster and tsunami ripple throughout the global economy, organizations are beginning to notice and shore up their supply chains so as to guard themselves against similar disaster.  This disaster (followed by the Thailand flooding in November 2011)  has forced many companies to re-examine their supply chains to see if there is sufficient resilience built in to their organization so that such disasters do not have a major knock-on effect.  Supply chains, which provide raw materials and distribute finished goods to end customers, now extend through many independent companies, and nearly every chain is global. As a consequence, these major events from around the world, both natural and man-made disaster, affect the flow of goods and have an increasingly sharp and visibly evident impact on businesses and eventually on the consumers.  The practice of extending business continuity to the supply chain is still in its infancy in Japan, but that this is changing rapidly. Unfortunately, it takes a disaster to wake up to review the “just-in-time” manufacturing.  The good news is that it had awaken the mighty manufacturing global giants to review their practice in business continuity planning for supply chain.

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Professor Wanatabe will be sharing his thoughts and techniques on how Japanese major manufacturing industries, especially automotive industry and semiconductor industry, have experienced mid-long term business damages caused by wide-area supply chain disruptions with the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, 2011. Based on the analysis of the increasing complexities and inter-dependencies of the modern supply chains with global aspects, PPP (Public-Private Partnership) based SCRM (Supply Chain Risk Management) for resilience enhancement will be proposed and the challenges in the scheme will be discussed in the presentation.

Professor Wanatabe whom I had the privilege to meet during the APEC Meeting at Sendai, Japan will be presenting:

  • The breakdown of the sequence of events on March 2011 affecting the Eastern front of Japan;
  • What were the weaknesses in the existing supply chain within Japan?;
  • How to include your suppliers into your supply chain?;
  • The post March 2011 disaster recovery action plans and update of the Japanese government; and

If we may conclude from a business continuity perspective, “The global supply chain is only as strong as the weakest link.”

About the Speaker

Kenji Watanabe is a professor at the Graduate School of Engineering, and also head of Disaster & Safety Management of the Nagoya Institute of Technology. Professor Kenji has over 17 years business experiences at the Mizuho Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers in financial business and risk management fields. He is the convenor of a working group of ISO TC223 (Societal Security) and chair of several governmental committees in Japan on business continuity and critical infrastructure protection in the Cabinet Secretariat, the Cabinet Office, and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He hold s a MBA and PhD in Information, Production and Systems.

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As the effects of the Sendai earthquake and tsunami ripple throughout the global economy, companies should shore up their supply chains to guard against disaster.

Author: moh_heng

Dr Goh Moh Heng is the Managing Director of GMH Continuity Architects and President of Business Continuity Management (BCM) Institute.

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