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Fukushima Three Years Later: Staying Behind and Moving Forward

DATE: Sunday, March 9th
TIME: 2-5pm (reception 5-6:30pm, dinner from En Japanese Brasserie)
LOCATION: Milbank Chapel, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

This year, the theme for CJR’s symposium is two-fold: 1) the current state of Fukushima and the ordinary, everyday lives of those who live there, and 2) why people, whether from Fukushima, from Japan, or from the United States, choose to live in Fukushima amidst concerns about the economy, infrastructure, and radiation contamination. We will have 6 speakers touch upon this theme, including two film screenings by Jake Price and Emily Taguchi. In addition, JET alumna Serena Winchell will be one of our featured speakers, and she will talk about her experiences in Fukukushima-ken, participating in fundraising and volunteering efforts in the affected area.

For everyone who has stayed in or returned to Fukushima, there is something very personal that motivates him or her to do so, and these reasons can have both uplifting and somber undertones. At this symposium we not only want to highlight this complexity, but also showcase the exciting initiatives our speakers are a part of in Fukushima. As it is the third year after 3/11, it is important to show why Fukushima is still relevant; those who have remained in Fukushima have not given up hope on the city and therefore nor should we.

Cosponsors: Friends of Japan, Columbia Japan Society, Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia Business School, Japanese American Association, Japanese Medical Support Network, Japanese Medical Society of America, and EN Japanese Brasserie

For more information, please visit: http://nyjapan311.org/2014symposium/, where you can now REGISTER!

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