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Autumn Issue (Nov.)

NEWS REPORT

Learning from key individuals for the reconstruction of Japan who are active in business and national politics

WAVOC starts a New Eastern Japan Reconstruction Volunteer Plan

As a part of the Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Support Project, the Waseda University Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center (WAVOC) has implemented a new volunteer plan which integrates pre-lectures and onsite activities/discussions in order for students to deepen their own studies.

On June 21, Mr. Yasuchika Hasegawa (Chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives and President of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.; 1970 graduate from the School of Economics, Waseda University) discussed actions by the Japan Association of Corporate Executives and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company by giving a lecture on the theme of "Efforts for Earthquake Reconstruction by the Japan Association of Corporate Executives and Expectations towards Young People for the Rebirth of Japan." When discussing his impression of the lecture, one student stated that "I felt the conviction of Mr. Hasegawa, who has continued to hold the perspective of 'Japan as part of the international society.'"

On June 30th, a discussion was held between Minister of the Environment (at that time) Goshi Hosono and students in regards to cleanup activities and disaster reconstruction for the Oya shoreline of Kesennuma City. Minister Hosono discussed how he spent his final 2 months before graduating from university as a volunteer coordinator for the Great Hanshin Earthquake which occurred 17 years ago. "Within each of your daily lives, I hope that you will continue to be involved with disaster reconstruction," said Minister Hosono when delivering a message to students.

Mr. Yasuchika Hasegawa gives a lecture

Minister of the Environment (at that time) Goshi Hosono speaks with students