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News related to the Great East Japan Earthquake

News related to the Great East Japan Earthquake

March 11th marked one year since the Great East Japan Earthquake. In both the disaster area of Tohoku and throughout all of Japan, a variety of events were held to pray for victims and to strengthen the resolve for reconstruction.

Waseda University mourned by ringing bell of Okuma Memorial Auditorium at 2:46pm, the time at which the deadly earthquake struck.

Also, President Kamata posted a message entitled "One Year after the Great East Japan Earthquake" on our university's homepage.

In the message, President Kamata expressed our university's conviction to continually support future efforts for reconstruction from the earthquake, as well as to work our hardest for the prosperity of Japan and international society.

Student, faculty and staff volunteers participated in
“Gathering for 3.11 in Yuriage” and “Light of Hope from March 11th”

An event entitled Gathering for 3.11 in Yuriage was held in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture. The event was divided into two parts. 72 students and 13 faculty/staff member participated in the event as volunteers.

The first part of the event featured Yuriage Port Market, which sold famous seafood products of Yuriage. Volunteer students guided visitors by directing traffic. The visitors enjoyed trying different foods and shopping. The second part attracted 4,000 visitors and consisted of a candle night held at Yuriage Junior High School, memorial live performances, burning of prayer sticks and lighting of handmade lanterns to send off spirits of the deceased.

Additionally, 37 students and 5 faculty/staff member helped and supported the event Light of Hope from March 11th which was held in Kesennuma City. The event was a project to create a place for people mourning earthquake victims to gather. It also sought to create a manmade light that conveys feelings of mourning and hope in disaster areas where there is no memorial in front of which to pray. All of the student volunteers expressed their desire to continue to provide support in the future.

Opening of Aizu Satellite Office

In April, the Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering opened the Aizu Satellite Office in the Bange-Machi neighborhood of Aizu City, Fukushima Prefecture. The office was opened in order to support reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent nuclear accident. Fukushima-born graduates from the Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering played a central role in establishing the office. The office plans to interact with international environmental leaders and NPOs which seek to develop proactive entities consisting of local youth, key officials, earthquake victims and persons living in temporary shelters. The office will invigorate its activities by utilizing social media such as Facebook.

A kick-off event was held on March 11th and featured the announcement of a project plan which was created together with business managers and farmers from Aizu.

Symposium addressing the theme of “What can human sciences do to support recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake?”

On March 16th, a symposium entitled "Great East Japan Earthquake and Human Sciences" was held by the Earthquake and Human Sciences Network at the Advanced Research Center for Human Sciences, Faculty of Human Sciences. The symposium was held to reflect on the year which has passed since the earthquake and to examine future reconstruction and support from the perspective of human science.

The symposium started with a report given by Associate Professor Tomonori Sano (Faculty of Human Sciences) on current conditions in disaster areas. Professor Sano used slides to introduce disaster conditions in each region and projects for reconstruction in disaster areas. Next, a panel including Professor Masayuki Sato took the podium and conducted a passionate discussion regarding the environment surrounding children and the support for families which have been forced to abandon their homes. During the poster session, researchers, onsite aid workers and students gave reports on specific support activities for disaster areas. The symposium was an opportunity for a meaningful exchange of opinions and information.

Reconstruction research symposium for the Great East Japan Earthquake

On March 8th, a symposium entitled "One Year After the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima Nuclear Accident-Causes, Effects, Measures and Reconstruction for Composite Major Crises" was held by the Waseda University Institute for Research on Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Composite Crisis Research Institute. The purpose of the symposium was to assess starting points for policy recommendations which are essential for future reconstruction of Japanese society from the earthquake.

At the session, explanations were given by Professor Shunji Matsuoka (Faculty of International Liberal Studies), Professor Masafumi Katsuta (Faculty of Science and Engineering) and other researchers involved in reconstruction from the earthquake. The explanations were based on the themes of "Causes, Effects and Measures for the Fukushima Nuclear Accident," "Future Energy Policy," and "Regional Regeneration and Reconstruction." "Consistent debate is required in regards to regional regeneration and reconstruction, as well as future energy policy as a result of the Fukushima nuclear crisis," stated Professor Matsuoka. "Only through debate can we form a true image of a new Japan." At the symposium, discussions were held with participation from researchers affiliated with the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (France). Opinions were also taken from attendees. The symposium was an opportunity for a meaningful exchange of opinions.

Baseball team volunteers in disaster area
Deepening interaction with high school students through baseball lessons

On January 28th and 29th, the Waseda University Baseball Team held baseball lessons in disaster areas in order to support recovery. The team oversaw the practice of high school students in Miyako City and Rikuzen-Takata City, Iwate Prefecture.

The baseball lessons were made possible by Waseda University alumni Yasushi Sato (March 2003 Graduate from the School of Human Sciences), coach of the baseball team at Miyako Prefectural High School, and Akishi Sasaki (March 1986 Graduate from the School of Education), coach of the baseball team at Takata Prefectural High School.

Coach Takeshi Okamura and 14 players including Captain Koki Sasaki participated from the Waseda University Baseball Team. Although they came to help, the volunteers themselves were actually encouraged at the sight of high school students exerting themselves in the same strenuous practice menu as university athletes. "I was touched by the single-hearted devotion of high school students striving to become better baseball players even while living in such difficult conditions," said one volunteer athlete. The Waseda athletes pledged to contribute by playing a high level of baseball and creating dreams for children.

Considering the future of Japan
Open Education Center to commence courses on supporting reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake

The Open Education Center will commence courses under the title of "From Waseda University: Considering the future of Japan-Courses on supporting reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake" (2012 current topic courses). The courses will examine the Great East Japan Earthquake from multiple perspectives including political, economical, legal, science and health.

The earthquake and resulting nuclear accident wrought unprecedented severe damage in East Japan. It is said that more than 10 years will be required for reconstruction. There are countless issues which occurred or were clarified due to the earthquake and nuclear disaster.

What changes has the disaster brought to Japan? What changes are being called for? These courses will examine the future of Japan from the perspective of Waseda University.

The courses will be coordinated by Professor Aiji Tanaka (Faculty of Political Science and Economics). A total of 15 lectures will be held. Issues related to the earthquake and nuclear accident will be approached by experts from a variety of fields including Professor Tomoya Shibayama (Faculty of Science and Engineering), Professor Takuya Tsujiuchi (School of Human Sciences), and Professor Takao Akama (School of Sport Sciences).

Booklet <Thinking “Post-Quake”> series, etc

Continuing from the previous edition, Waseda University is publishing a booklet on post-quake Japan. Articles in the books are written mainly by Waseda faculty members.

Also, a booklet related to the earthquake was published by the Waseda University Institute for Advanced Studies in Education.

Introducing new articles published since the last edition:

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Partnerships between municipalities for capable response to large-scale disasters-Reports and proposals from onsite Written and edited by Hiroaki Inatsugu (Faculty of Political Science and Economics)
To what extent can we confront risks as interested parties?-Political science and economics of earthquake reconstruction (2) Masaru Kohno, Hideki Konishi, Kazunori Araki, Kazumi Shimizu (all the above from the Faculty of Political Science and Economics), Atsuo Tomori (Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences)
For speedy and appropriate aid-Proposal of guidelines for an initial response system Written and edited by Tamio Nakamura (Faculty of Law)
Establishing a geopark in Sanriku to protect future life Hideo Takagi (Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences)
Comforting the hearts of children in disaster areas-Advice from clinical psychology Written and edited by Keiko Honda (Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences)
Philosophy of preservation and reconstruction for cultural assets-Regenerating the creative relationship with nature Written and edited by Takeshi Nakagawa (Faculty of Science and Engineering), Nakagawa Laboratory
Recovering the "everyday lifestyle"-Learning from the philosophy of benevolence in Edo Period Confucianism Kenjiro Uchida (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences)
Did newspapers report correctly on the earthquake?-Student analysis of newspapers Written and edited by Tatsuro Hanada (Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences), Hanada Seminar
Waseda Education Booklet No. 6 "Reconsidering the environment and ethics-Lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake Supervised by the Waseda University Institute for Advanced Studies in Education
Waseda Education Booklet No. 7 "Great East Japan Earthquake and education-Conveying lessons learned into the future Supervised by the Waseda University Institute for Advanced Studies in Education