Voices from the Ground: the latest Report from the Japanese Civil Society’s Response to the 3/11 Disaster

Otsuchi-cho, Iwate (Japan NPO Center)

The devastation of the March 11, 2011 (3/11) earthquake and tsunami in northeasternJapantriggered overwhelming support from theUS, with over $300 million raised for disaster relief. Now that the humanitarian aid is underway, what has happened in terms of recovery and rebuilding the disaster afflicted areas?

What is the current status of the Japanese disaster areas? What are the needs for mid and long-term reconstruction? How isJapan’s civil society collaborating with the international community in the recovery process? These critical questions will be addressed in a panel discussion hosted by the Asia Society and co-presented with theJapanFoundationCenterfor Global Partnership (CGP) and theJapanCenterfor International Exchange (JCIE). The event will feature speakers from key Japanese civil society organizations working on restoration efforts.

Key leaders fromJapanwill discuss the state of civil society responses and the transition into recovery.

Time & Date:  6:00pm – 7:30pm, July 21, 2011

Place            :  The Asia Society Auditorium, 8th floor (725 Park Avenue at70th Street)

Presenter      :

*Noboru Hayase, Chief Executive Officer,Osaka Volunteer Action

*Fukiko Ishii, Director and Japan President, Sakura Net

*Tae Namba, Counselor, President’s Office for International Affairs, Association of              Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA).

Cooperating Organization:

The Nippon Club, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry inNew York,

JapanSociety,US-JapanCouncil

***This event is free but requires a registration in advance.  Please visit the Asia Society’s website for more details:  http://asiasociety.org/calendars/voices-ground-civil-society-reports-japan