One Year Later: Moving Forward

March 13, 2012 at 6pm - 9pm


On March 13th, the U.S.-Japan Council and the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa held a Summit at the Japanese American National Museum on the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami entitled “One Year Later: Moving Forward.” More than 100 community members and leaders in Los Angeles convened along with representatives from Japan – from both the NGO and student exchange sectors. Representatives from JEN (Japan Emergency NGO), ADRA Japan, Nanka Miyagi Kenjin Kai (an association of individuals with ancestral ties to Tohoku's Miyagi Prefecture) and the Emergency Management Department of the City of Los Angeles expressed appreciation to the Los Angeles community for its support. They also advised attendees on the importance of developing long-term relationships with organizations and people in Japan to effectively assist in the reconstruction and rebuilding process. Special guests included Japanese university students from the Knowledge Investment Program (KIP), as well as two high school students from the Ashinaga Tsunami Orphans Support Project. Attendees of the Summit, including Mr. Bill Davis of Southern California Public Radio, Ms. Mary Mazur and Ms. Susan Reardon of KCET, Mr. Doug Erber from the Japan America Society of Southern California and Mr. Koichi Kinoshita of the Japan Business Association of California, provided updates on local efforts and community work.