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Early Spring Issue (Apr.)

News related to the Great East Japan Earthquake

News related to the Great East Japan Earthquake

Tour held for the Disaster Response Central Headquarters

Disaster Response Central Headquarters was established in meeting room N2 of Okuma Kaikan

In response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, our university is taking all possible preparations for disasters which may occur in the future. As part of these preparations, we created a disaster scenario and established a model Disaster Response Central Headquarters in Okuma Kaikan. Many faculty and staff members toured the headquarters. Normally, meeting room N2 of the Okuma Kaikan is used for events such as meetings. However, in the event of a disaster such as a major earthquake, the meeting room will be given priority as a headquarters for disaster response.

During the tour, there were exhibits of emergency rations, blankets and other emergency supplies which are normally kept stored in stockrooms, as well as satellite telephones and power generators. Participating faculty and staff listened carefully to explanations regarding disaster response.

180 students participate in the Photograph Cleaning Project to revive memories

Students work carefully

Through cooperation with Fujifilm Corporation, our university's Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center (WAVOC) cleaned photographs which belong to disaster victims and had been washed away by the tsunami after the Great East Japan Earthquake. In order to return as many photographs to their owners as possible, this Photograph Cleaning Project was held a total of 20 times and featured participation from approximately 180 students.

Photographs received from disaster victims in Rikuzen-Takata City in Iwate Prefecture were cleaned in 3 stages. First, dirt or sand was removed. Then, main washing was performed followed by rinsing. The main purpose of the cleaning was to remove bacteria which is contained in dirt and causes photographs to deteriorate. Participating students thought of disaster victims as they worked passionately to clean photographs.

Symposium: Connecting Student Volunteers with Society

A lively panel discussion

On January 28th, WAVOC cooperated with the Liaison Council of the Tokyo Big 6 Universities Volunteer Center to hold a symposium entitled "Connecting Student Volunteers with Society-university volunteer activities to support earthquake reconstruction."

The symposium program was divided into 2 parts. In the first part, a presentation of actual cases was given by 9 students from Chuo University, Hosei University, Meiji University, Meiji Gakuin University, Rikkyo University and Waseda University. It was a wonderful opportunity for directly listening to a variety of presentations given by faculty, staff and students in regards to volunteer activities which utilized the characteristics and environment of each university.

In the second part, a panel discussion was held under the theme of "One Year after the Earthquake: Accomplishments and Failures of Student Volunteers." The discussion was coordinated by Mr. Takeshi Nishio, Director of the Japan Foundation Student Volunteer Center, and featured the following panelists: Mr. Akira Itou, Director of the International Volunteer University Student Association, Mr. Keiichi Nakane, a reporter in the Kesennuma Communications Division of the Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper, and Mr. Kazuyuki Sasakura, Dean of the Student Affairs Division at Waseda University. Students and other related parties who attended the discussion listened intently to the opinions that each panelist gave based on their respective perspectives and experiences.

Continued publication of the bookletThinking "Post-Quake" series

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As reported in the previous issue of Campus Now, our university published the booklet series Thinking "Post-Quake," which was written by a group centered around Waseda University professors. The aim of the series is to assist further support for reconstruction by providing the wider society with the knowledge, speculations and activities gained through various research and support projects conducted by Waseda faculty, staff and students from immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake. This article introduces booklets published since the previous issue of Campus Now.

Can municipal governments bear heavy burdens?-Methods for unifying the strength of citizens Written and edited by Professor Mari Kobayashi (Faculty of Political Science and Economics), et al.
December 2011
Expanding radioactive contamination and regulations-Current status of a system that is full of holes Written by Professor Masaharu Hioki (Faculty of Law)
December 2011
What happened during the tsunami on March 11th?-Disaster survey and strategy for disaster mitigation Written by Professor Tomoya Shibayama (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
December 2011
Starting from 3 days of support activities-Activities by WAVOC and Waseda students to support recovery Written and edited by Professor Motoki Kato (Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center)
December 2011
Righteousness and virtue in the dispute over reconstruction policy Written by Professor Kotaro Suzumura, Professor Koichi Suga, Professor Masaru Kohno and Professor Hae Kim (all from the Faculty of Political Science and Economics), et al.
January 2012
The Great East Japan Earthquake and the Japanese constitution-Frank advice to our nation Written by Professor Asaho Mizushima (Faculty of Law)
February 2012
Bringing the power of students to disaster areas!-A behind-the-scenes look at Waseda volunteers Written and edited by Professor Yukino Iwai (Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center)
February 2012