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Symposium: Moving Forward: Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Symposium: Moving Forward: Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake

A half-day symposium with experts on the recovery and reconstruction of Japan. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Fowler Museum
Los Angeles, CA 90095

On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of northeastern Japan, triggering a tsunami that sent waves as far as six miles inland. In remembrance of the victims and with continued support for the survivors of the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, local Tohoku region newspaper The Kahoku Shimpo and the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies have come together to present an exhibition that uses photojournalism to document the lives and stories of those affected, illumination the continuing efforts of a nation as it moves forward toward recovery. This symposium commemorates the victims and the struggles of the survivors and highlights the reconstruction and recovery efforts. 


Saturday, March 10, 2012
Symposium: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Reception: 4:00pm - 5:30pm


Fowler Museum at UCLA

Enter campus from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza and turn left into the Pay-By-Space area of Lot 4
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Hitoshi Abe, director of UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic, Los Angeles Times 


Malka Older, specialist in disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness, Save the Children 
"From Relief to Recovery"

Hideya Terashima, editor, The Kahoku Shimpo
"Covering the Disaster"

Masashige Motoe, associate professor, department of Architecture and Building Science, School of Engineering, Tohoku University
"The Status of Reconstruction in Sendai and ArchiAid's response: Architects Respond to the Devastation Caused by the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami "

Toshio Hirano, Senior Manager, JEN (Japan Emergency NGO)
"JEN’s Emergency Response and Ongoing Recovery Assistance"

Junko Mabuchi, East Japan Program Officer, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) 
"In the Wake of Disaster" 

This exhibition and symposium would not be possible without the support of the hosting organizations including the The Fowler Museum at UCLA; The Kahoku Shimpo; The UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies; our sponsors, The Japan Foundation and The Japan Business Association of Southern California; and the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles; our supporters, the U.S.-Japan Council. Special recognition is also extended to the Tohoku Gakuin University Volunteer Station Translation Project team, Mari Ishida, Timothy Unverzagt Goddard, Nathan Smith, and Saran Oki for their dedicated work.


Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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