JCIE March 2013 Update

March 2013 Update: 
Japan 3/11 Disaster Recovery Events & News 

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to share our latest monthly update on news related to the Tohoku disaster. This list is by no means comprehensive, but we hope it will be a useful contribution both in terms of sharing information and encouraging greater collaboration in the disaster response. Please forward any announcements, RFPs, or other information that you believe would be appropriate for this newsletter to Kaede Kawauchi  <kkawauchi@jcie.org>.


JCIE has launched a new online searchable database containing roughly $1 billion in grants made by overseas organizations involved in the disaster response. Organizations involved in the long-term disaster recovery can now easily search for partners for collaboration by donor or recipient name, grant type, or location. The database can also be used to gain a clearer sense of how other groups have responded to the Japan disaster.

Upcoming Activities & Events
  • Symposium: “Data-Driven Perspectives on Community Recovery in Tohoku,” Temple University, (April 11, 2013, Tokyo, Japan)— Scholars working in Fukushima discuss their findings on the impact of the earthquake and nuclear disasters on public health. In particular, Dr. Daniel Aldrich examines the factors correlated with mortality rates in the coastal villages during the crisis.
  • Play: Hikobae, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, (Apr. 5–6, 2013, New York, NY)—A new production of Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Actors Clinic, Tokyo, the performance tells a fictional story about first responders and medical personnel who risked their lives on 3/11.
  • Conference: “Mitigating Disasters, Promoting Development: The Sendai Dialogue and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in Asia,” Brookings Institution, (May 10, 2013, Washington, DC)

Recent Activities & Events
  • Book Talk: 3.11 Disaster and Change in Japan, Japan Society, (March 12, 2013, New York, NY)—Dr. Richard Samuels of MIT offers the first broad assessment of the disaster’s impact on Japan’s government and society, and on the US alliance. 
  • Exhibit: Inori: Pray for Japan Emerge into the Light, Consulate General of Japan, (March 4–22, 2013, New York, NY)—New York city based Japanese artist Minako Yoshino honors the second anniversary of 3/11 through her calligraphy, kimono, and fan art, along with her marble sculpture series.
  • Visit: Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) goes to Tohoku, US-Japan Council, (March 2013, Fukushima, Japan)JALD delegates visit Fukushima to learn about the state of the recovery efforts on the ground, including trips to a temporarily-constructed elementary school, Fukushima Medical University, and a community support center for evacuees living in temporary housing.
  • Seminar: Volunteer Training for Kokoro no Care, Operation Blessing Japan, (March 20, 2013, Sendai, Japan)—Volunteers who hope to support the mental well being of earthquake victims and are looking for ways to become more involved in the disaster response participate in this informational seminar.
Reports & Books of Interest

Articles of Interest

Other Updates of Note
  • Japanese Relief Fund of Boston (JDFRFB) held a commemorative event in early March to mark the end of its two-year Tohoku initiative, closing down their fund after raising close to $1 million for 19 nonprofit and volunteer groups. 
More Resources on the Japan Disaster Response

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