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The 2012 Workshop on the Great East Japan Earthquake in Iwaki

The 2012 Workshop on the Great East Japan Earthquake in Iwaki

(2012.08.03-04)

The 2012 Workshop on the Great East Japan Earthquake was held in Iwaki City‚ Fukushima Prefecture on August 3 and 4. It was sponsored by Institute of Social Safety Science‚ and co-sponsored by the University of Tsukuba.

The objective was to deepen discussions on the future disaster prevention and reconstruction‚ following the March 11 disaster. With Associate Professor Osamu Murao of the Faculty of Engineering‚ Information and Systems taking charge of the meeting‚ more than 90 people including Professor Eiichi Itoigawa‚ Associate Professor Gaku Shoji‚ Assistant Professor Michitaka Umemoto‚ and researchers from Korea and Taiwan attended the workshop.

On the first day‚ the 1st Asia City Disaster Prevention Meeting was also held with the workshop. The participants had a discussion about the life as an evacuee‚ evacuation activity‚ ability to respond to a disaster‚ and challenges of reconstruction.

On the second day‚ the Great East Japan Earthquake Symposium was held.
Professor Emeritus Hiroshi Suzuki of Fukushima University gave a keynote lecture titled "Reconstruction Plan for Fukushima Prefecture"‚ and Deputy Manager Hidemasa Niizuma of Department of Administration and Management‚ Iwaki City Office delivered a keynote lecture titled "Damage Situation in Iwaki and the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Plan". It was followed by a panel discussion on the topics.

After that‚ the participants visited Yotsukura‚ Toyoma‚ and provisional housing in Iwaki Chuo-dai in Iwaki City‚ with staff of Iwaki City Office as a guide. The staff gave an outline of damage situation in the city.

Since 2011 March 11th‚ Iwaki City has been affected by the earthquakes‚ tsunami‚ nuclear accident‚ and harmful rumors due to the disasters. This forced nearly 10‚000 people to evacuate from the city. On the other hand‚ more than 20‚000 people moved to Iwaki City from surrounding regions. The city is responding to a difficult situation to support the evacuees.

The University of Tsukuba intends to provide support for Iwaki City and the country‚ with utilizing our research achievements.

Mayor Takao Watanabe of Iwaki City making a speech
Mayor Takao Watanabe of Iwaki City making a speech
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During the Great East Japan Earthquake Symposium
During the Great East Japan Earthquake Symposium
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Yotsukura Harbor under reconstruction
Yotsukura Harbor under reconstruction
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