Earthquake & Tsunami Updates

Upcoming Event: Tohoku Tomo Screening

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, JETAA Toronto will be hosting the Canadian debut of Tohoku Tomo at the Revue Cinema.

Tohoku Tomo tells the story of the many volunteers who rallied from around the world and came to Japan’s aid to help begin the long process of rebuilding in the months following the earthquake. Whether by donating money, organizing events, or coming to volunteer, these individuals showed they truly care about Japan and about the people of Tohoku.

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3.11 Documentary Film: NAGATSURA – Home without Land – Toronto Screenings

There will be special screenings commemorating the 4th anniversary of the 3.11 disaster in Japan.

This documentary film features two sisters: Kazuko from Toronto and Yuko from Ishinomaki, Miyagi in the aftermath of the disaster.

The dates are:
Thursday, March 19th, 7:00pm at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Saturday, March 21st, 3:00pm at Innis Town Hall at the University of Toronto

Reception to follow on both days.
There will also be a short documentary film “Kore Kara” on both days.

Admission is $10.
Films are English subtitled.

If you go early you can see some Japanese ladies dancing traditional Odori!

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The Great East Japan Earthquake – two years on

As we approach the second year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, the Government of Japan would like to share this report with you. The update is on the current state of the country, including the progress made towards reconstruction, economic revitalization and crisis management.

The Great East Japan Earthquake – two years on

Japan’s top priority is accelerating the ”revitalization process”. The government will focus on policies that benefit economic revival, reconstruction and crisis management – the three main ‘pillars’ for enacting meaningful change.

Three Pillars

  1. Economic Revival:  For Japan, the most urgent issue is revitalizing the nation’s economy to ensure stability and future prosperity. 
    • Proof point:  More than 10 trillion yen (USD $106 billion approximately) will be set aside to stimulate the economy through job creation, enhancing innovation, reconstruction efforts, strengthening domestic demand and creating global opportunities.
  2. Reconstruction:  Japan will accelerate the reconstruction of disaster-affected areas and make concerted efforts to create a newly revitalized Tohoku Region.
    • Proof point:  The budgetary framework for reconstruction has been expanded from 19 trillion yen to 25 trillion for FY2011-2015 (USD $202 billion to approx. USD $266 billion). As a result, further funding for the reconstruction has been secured in the FY2012 supplementary budget and the FY2013 budget.
  3. Crisis Management:  In an effort to ensure readiness for any future crises or disasters, Japan plans to prioritize strengthening infrastructure and public facilities throughout the country.
    • Proof point:  Japan is making a major investment of 2.2 trillion yen (USD $23.4 billion dollars approx.) to restore and fortify social infrastructures such as schools, highways and bridges.

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Photo Exhibit Commemorates One Year of Tragedy, Friendship and Recovery

A photo exhibit showing both the devastation resulting from the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011 and the subsequent recovery efforts, which has been remarkable in its speed and efficiency, will be on display in the Consulate-General of Japan’s Sakura Room Feb. 7 to 16.

The Great East Japan Earthquake, which hit on March 11, 2011, was a disaster of unprecedented scale for Japan. Casualties include over 15,700 dead, 4500 missing and 5700 injured. Economic damage to the region by the earthquake has been estimated at 16.9 trillion yen.

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Miyagi/Sendai JET Micro Grant Program

The Great East Japan Earthquake was an unprecedented disaster from which it will take the Japanese people decades to fully recover. Among the many victims of this disaster was JET Programme participant Taylor Anderson. Taylor’s tragic death shook the JET community and the lives of the many people she had come to know in Ishinomaki.

However, not wanting to let the bond between Taylor and Ishinomaki fade away, Taylor’s family have taken it upon themselves to directly assist with Ishinomaki’s recovery in a variety of ways, including raising funds for the benefit of the community.

Since beginning this fundraising, Andy Anderson, Taylor’s father, has consistently looked for new, creative ways to make significant differences at the grassroots level. Andy contacted the Miyagi Association of JET (MAJET) to discuss how JET participants could assist in this recovery effort, and how they could be empowered to do so. Through this discussion, MAJET and Andy Anderson have established the “Miyagi-Sendai JET Micro Grant Program”.

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