Hope for Japan: One Year Later

| March 19, 2012

Aftermath of March 11, 2011, earthquake in Japan.

Hope for Japan: One Year Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

An event marking the one-year anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami will be presented Monday, April 9, 5:30 – 7:40 p.m., in the University Center Sunnen Lounge.

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan causing the destructive force of a tsunami, killing nearly 20,000 people. In addition, an estimated 320,000 people had to be evacuated from the area. This disaster also caused a major nuclear radiation leak in Fukushima, Japan.

Immediately after the disaster, the Japanese Student Association (JSA) at Webster University, along with student groups, faculty, staff and others who were invited, worked together to raise money and awareness for the people of Japan.

'Hope for Japan' logo designed by Webster art student Cynthia Wolters

The Hope for Japan: Rebuilding Our Common Future event took place April 8, 2011. The event included a livestream webcast of an expert panel discussion, an arts and craft sale, cultural activities and fundraising.

Together, the Webster University community raised more than $12,000, which was sent immediately to help people of Japan through the Red Cross and Junior Chamber International (JCI).

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Japanese Student Association invited JCI Secretary General Edson A. Kodama back to Webster University.

Kodama visited Miyagi, Japan, in January and he will present on how the proceeds of our fundraising efforts were used. He will also give an update and visual presentation on the ongoing JCI Operation Hope efforts, which are assisting the recovery in Japan.

Submitted by Noriko Yuasa, professor, Art Department

Category: Student Affairs and News, Webster Events

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