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Midsummer Issue (Jul.) (May)

News related to the Great East Japan Earthquake

News related to the Great East Japan Earthquake

Establishment of Waseda University Center for Research on Reconstruction from the Great East Earthquake
Selection of mid-/long-term research projects

With aspiration to contribute to reconstruction of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, Waseda University has established "Waseda University Center for Research on Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake." The center is composed of three mid-/long-term research projects (seven research themes) which encompass the wisdom of our university as an intellectual community. In addition to contributing to the reconstruction of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, the center shall work tirelessly to address other issues such as minimizing damage from similar disasters occurring in other regions in the future.

Details available here.(http://www.waseda.jp/jp/news11/110510_rrc.html)

1. Project on Medicine and Health Care
Project Leader: Professor Shigetaka Asano, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Research Theme: Research on the needs for scientific/social support and administration toward the prevention of health damage caused by earthquakes
2. Project on Infrastructure Restoration and Disaster Management Systems
Project Leader: Professor Tomoya Shibayama, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Research Theme: Disaster analysis and proposal for rehabilitation process for the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
3. Project on Urban Planning and Social Design
Project Leader: Professor Takeshi Nakagawa, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Research Theme: General study on housing and urban planning for renaissance in harmony with respect for nature; Learning from cultural heritage
Office for Aiding Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake decides upon three aid policies
Newly established scholarships for students affected by the disaster

The Office for Aiding Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake (Director: President Kaoru Kamata) has decided upon three recovery aid policies and has established a new "Scholarship for Students Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake" in order to start offering aid for students affected by the disaster. The office was established on April 8th and consists of three core policies: educational aid for students affected by the disaster (based on a scholarship system), aid for regions affected by the disaster (based on volunteer activities and aid money), and recovery aid through research. As necessary, the office will add specialists from both inside and outside our university. The office is committed to providing recovery aid which is imbued with the wisdom of our university.

The "Scholarship for Students Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake" was newly established as a first step for providing educational aid to students affected by the disaster. In June, a total of 63.4 million yen in aid will be issued to 55 scholarship students within the standard period of study at our university. This scholarship is intended to aid students whose studies are threatened by economic hardship due to a sudden change in household finances as a result of the recent disaster. It is not necessary to repay the scholarship funds.

Details available here.(http://www.waseda.jp/syogakukin/)

"Repose of souls--and then a half step forward"
Earthquake memorial event hosted by the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Scene from the event

"Repose of souls - and then a half step forward" (promoted by the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences) was held on April 11th at the Waseda University Toyama Campus. The event was held as a memorial to the many people who lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake, as well as an opportunity to probe the possibility of disaster area support from the campus. Approximately 100 students, faculty and staff took part in the event. There are students, faculty and staff at our university who feel uneasiness about their future due to the effect of the disaster on families and relatives. Amidst such circumstances, this event was held in order to mourn the dead and to explore possibilities for actions which can be taken to provide support from our campus. The first part of the event was a lecture and activity report, while the second part was a discussion-based workshop.

The event began with a presentation by Director Tadahiro Yoshikawa from Laboratory of Urban Safety Planning. "I understand the feelings of those who want to label the recent disaster as 'beyond all expectations.' However, when considering the many people who lost their lives, that alone is no excuse," he emphasized. "The issue is facing up to the disaster and learning how to anticipate such disasters in the future." He also gave a commentary on cases such as the Taro district of Miyako City, which was devastated despite having a seawall in place.

Electricity conservation measures

In order to respond to insufficient power supply caused by the recent earthquake, our university is working to realize further conservation of electricity. Our goal is a 15% reduction in electricity use at peak times during summer. We plan to achieve overall reduction goals by having each campus apply to the Joint-Use Restriction Scheme announced by the METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry). Our university has implemented thorough internal measures for electricity conservation, including requiring that air-conditioning is set at 28 degrees Celsius, turning off unnecessary lighting, and using a rotating operation schedule for joint experiment facilities/equipment on the Nishi-Waseda Campus. Additionally, we have established an Electricity Conservation Measures Website and disclose the maximum electricity used by day.

Electricity Conservation Measures Website(http://www.waseda.jp/jp/footer/electricity/)

Waseda University professors participate as report writers in the symposium "Emergency proposals regarding measures for power shortages"

A symposium entitled "Emergency proposals regarding measures for power shortages due to the Great East Japan Earthquake-minimizing the need for schedule blackouts" (held by the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan) was held on April 18th in Masaru Ibuka Auditorium. On March 28th, the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan announced emergency proposals for methods of overcoming the power supply shortages forecasted for this summer without resorting to large-scale schedule blackouts. The proposals were written by Professor Masahiko Matsukata (Advanced Science and Engineering) and Associate Professor Takao Nakagaki (Creative Science and Engineering) of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, as well as by other prominent experts. At the symposium, writers who participated in the development of proposals gave reports on specific future measures while also discussing legal and technological issue associated with power-saving measures.

"Instead of viewing power shortages as a problem unique to this summer, we must formulate measures which assume that such shortages will continue in the future," emphasized Professor Matsukata. "We should implement measures that provide incentives to save power, not penalties for failure to save power." Associate Professor Nakagaki reported on a forecast for power supply this summer and for the next several years. He also explained the operational status of all power plants, including nuclear plants, thermal power plants and water power plants. Associate Professor Nakagaki's forecast gave a grim outlook. For example, numbers show that it is possible to supply 60 million-kW of power in the case of total mobilization for all power supply facilities. This would entail maintaining the current nuclear power output, restoring all thermal power plants and performing full operation at all water power plants. However, electric rates would increase due to fuel costs and CO2 emissions would increase. Furthermore, these negative effects would continue for a long period of time.

Research Institute of Student Assessment and Development and the Institute for Information, Coordination and Innovation hold aid activities in Sanriku-cho, Miyagi Prefecture, and Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture
Workshops held for elementary, junior high and high school students

Students listen to Professor Hashizume's lecture on "flying seeds"

On May 7th, the Research Institute of Student Assessment and Development (Director: Professor Hironori Nagashima, Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences) and the Institute for Information, Coordination and Innovation (Director: Professor Tomoki Waragai, Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences) sent staff to the Utatsu region of Minami Sanriku-cho in Miyagi Prefecture in order to conduct educational workshops for elementary and junior high school students. The workshops were supported by the Riso Kyoiku Group. These aid activities were held in order to encourage elementary and junior high school students, their caregivers and school workers, and to allow them to experience a memorable workshop. Furthermore, we aimed to hold workshops which could be used in everyday educational activities at local schools. To achieve these goals, we concentrated on instructional content and materials.

On May 21st, we held a science experiment workshop at Iwaki Shuei High School in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. 141 high school students tried making solar cells.

"I want to increase the number of these aid workshops as the pillar of support activities from a cultural aspect," said Professor Waragai. We are considering holding future workshops in several other disaster areas in order to provide continual overall cultural aid.

Opening of website for the Office for Aiding Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake
A website for the Office for Aiding Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake was opened in order to make significant contributions to Japan's recovery. Reconstruction aid measures devised and implemented by Waseda University will be conveyed both domestically and internationally via the website in order to support fast recovery from the devastating damage wrought by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Website for the Office for Aiding Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake(https://yab.yomiuri.co.jp/adv/wol-fukkou/)

Fund-raising activities through sports
Rugby Team: All Waseda-Keio-Meiji Charity Match

Students conduct fund-raising activities

A charity match between Waseda, Keio and Meiji University was held at Chichibu-no-Miya Rugby Stadium on May 5th during Golden Week. Donations collected at the match were given to the Japan Red Cross.

Parade of new athletic team members

Oath-taking ceremony at the parade of new athletes

A parade of new athletic team members was held on May 21st under a brilliant blue sky. New athletes dressed in uniforms of their respective teams received thunderous applause as they paraded from Takadanobaba to Okuma Auditorium. Yuki Maezawa (Tennis Team alumnus and Chairperson of the 2010 Athletic Team Committee) announced a donation of 2.51 million yen the Japan Red Cross as aid money for disaster areas. The money donated was a portion of attendance fees from the Thank-You Party which was cancelled due to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Aid activities by the Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center (WAVOC)
Deployment of an advance team to Tanohata Village, Iwate Prefecture

Volunteer activities in Kesennuma City

Tanohata Village is located on the Sanriku Coast in Iwate Prefecture. For 50 years, a Waseda University student group named the Thoughtful Forest Association (student association; WAVOC accredited project "Thoughtful Forest Cultivation") has acted as a pioneer of university-community partnerships, conducting forest cultivation and exchange activities with Tanohata Village. The tsunami caused by the recent earthquake completely destroyed all of the coastline settlements within the village. Furthermore, a total of 40 people are either dead or missing.

No disaster volunteer centers have been established in the village. Therefore, from April 21st (Thurs.) to 25th (Mon.), WAVOC deployed an advance team composed of current and former students associated with the Thoughtful Forest Association. The team conducted a survey to determine the type of aid required by the village. As a result of the survey, the Thoughtful Forest Association conducted volunteer activities in the village. 27 current and former students participated in activities which were based out of Aojishi Dormitory, a facility of Waseda University located in the village. Preparations are currently being made so that student can conduct volunteer activities while staying overnight in the village during summer vacation.

Additionally, Professor Osamu Soda (Faculty of Social Sciences) held an onsite survey of damage immediately after the earthquake. Professor Nobuaki Furuya (Faculty of Science and Engineering) used cardboard to set items such as dressing rooms, cases for personal possessions and bulletin boards in emergency shelters. At the request of the village mayor, Professor Soda and Professor Furuya are involved in the long-term reconstruction of the Village as a member of the Tanohata Village Reconstruction Planning Committee.

On April 11th and 12th, WAVOC deployed an advance team to Ishinomaki City and deployed student volunteers to Kesennuma City. In the future, the center plans to conduct aid activities in Miyako City and Otsuchi-cho, Iwate Prefecture.

Volunteer Fair 2011

A volunteer fair was held on May 6th at Masaru Ibuka Auditorium. This year marked the 9th time that the event was held. Under the broad theme of "What do you see?", the event included booths for informal discussion about volunteering, onsite information regarding earthquake reconstruction volunteers, a panel discussion entitled "Society as seen by students through the Great East Japan Earthquake", and a photography exhibition entitled "What do the world's students see?"

The panel discussion began with student reports on earthquake volunteer activities under the themes of "How students can help disaster areas" and "Taking action for your devastated hometown." Afterwards, a discussion was held which focused on the social issues of farming villages which comprise the majority of disaster areas, examining how such issues are changing as a result of the earthquake. The discussion also addressed what is required from university students in response to the disaster. Participants in the discussion consisted of Noriyuki Wakisaka, editor at Asahi Shimbun Newspaper, Yoko Yamazaki, Representative of Inaka-no-Heroine Network and a member of the MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) Committee for Policy on Food, Farming and Farming Villages, and two university students who participated in projects of WAVOC. The discussion was coordinated by WAVOC Assistant Professor Megumi Akiyoshi. The discussion served as an opportunity for participating students to envision ways in which they can work to change society.

Scene from the symposium

Booths were filled with visitors