The March 11, 2011 earthquake that struck off the coast of northeast Japan, and the devastation of the subsequent tsunami, will surely leave myriad legal issues in its wake. Among them, the process of allocating the enormous costs involved in cleaning up the resulting environmental contamination. Though the scale of the disaster on the Pacific coast of Japan makes it a rare occurrence, it serves as a reminder of the various environmental risks and liabilities that may arise in the course of everyday business.

type Asia Pacific Report - Spring 2011