This World in Tohoku (WIT) event featured Wataru Kainuma (Executive Director and Founder, Urushi Rocks Inc.; Director, Nonprofit Urushi Harunaka Kai), an entrepreneur from Fukushima Prefecture who aims to create a sustainable economy and society by promoting Japan’s long-standing tradition of urushi (Japanese lacquerware). The purpose of the event was also to commemorate the sixth year since the Great East Japan Earthquake. There was an auction of beautiful urushi ware as well.
WIT is a cross-border social innovation platform that supports social entrepreneurs in the areas affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of 2011. It is led by Mio Yamamoto (Executive Director and Co-Founder, WIT), who is a USJC Associate. At this event, WIT also introduced its cross-border activities to bring about social innovations and develop global citizens. After the talks by Mr. Kainuma and Ms. Yamamoto, participants took part in a world-café style dialogue to explore how we can create a resilient civil society in Japan, the U.S. and beyond.
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