March 11, 2016 marked five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. The anniversary serves as a time to reflect on those who have lost their lives, the progress made in the recovery of Tohoku, as well as how we can further support the region and its youth. USJC and the TOMODACHI Initiative have hosted or supported many events, some of which are detailed in this newsletter. Please see below for a message from USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye, and information about other events held around the United States and Japan:
- TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy 2016 (March 4-6, 2016) - TOMODACHI alumni from Tohoku reflected on the recovery achieved in the past five years, and discussed goals for the next five years and beyond. Click here to see photos. Click here or on the image below to see TOMODACHI alumna Caitie McDermott, who flew to Tokyo from Washington, DC, perform her poem at this year's Global Leadership Academy.
- TOMODACHI Social Media Campaign (February 12-March 11, 2016) - Everyone was invited to participate by using the hashtag #TOMO311 or emailing photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to see what others have posted.
- Events Commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of 3.11 (Ongoing) - List of USJC- and TOMODACHI-related events held in the United States and Japan.