It was Friday, March 11, 2011, when the Great East Japan Earthquake, one of the most powerful earthquakes in the world, hit the Tohoku region in Japan. Following the Earthquake, tsunamis travelled up to 10km inland relentlessly washing away coastal cities and villages leaving inexplicable scars and shocks both physically and mentally on the Japanese landscape. The aftermath of the earthquake and tsunmai still remains one of the most serious issues in Japan. The seriousness of the damage caused by this event was beyond anyone's imagination but it also shed light on underlying governmental issues that continue to be debated in Japan and beyond.
As the first of our 3/11 seminar series, we would like to start off with looking at what 3/11 really was, from a student’s perspective. Three ANU student presenters, Len Morris, Maddy Shepherd and Scott Underwood will share with us their own thoughts on this devastating disaster.
Len Morris: 3/11 from a security studies perspective
Len is from Miyagi Prefecture currently undertaking security studies at ANU. He will be looking at 3/11 from a security studies perspective as well as discussing what the current conditions are in the Tohoku region.
Maddy Shepherd & Scott Underwood: Stories from the Kizuna Project
Maddy and Scott participated in the Kizuna Project - a project run by the Japanese government to promote an understanding of the ongoing national reconstruction efforts in response to 3/11. They will discuss both their experiences as well as the stories they encountered during the course of the project.
This seminar is presented by the ANU Japan Club with the support of the Australia Japan Research Centre (AJRC).
Drinks and nibbles will follow the event.
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