Japanese Studies Seminar Series - Stories from Tohoku: First Hand Experiences on the Kizuna Bond Project

This week's presenters will be Scott Underwood and Madeline Shepherd (ANU) who will discuss their first hand experiences of the Kizuna Bond Project.

The Japanese government, through the Ministry of Foreign affairs has dedicated significant resources to bringing youth from around the world to observe the recovery and reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake. This unique opportunity, under the banner of the "Kizuna Bond Project" has given thousands of students the chance to learn about the disaster, see its impact first hand and hear stories from those who lost property and loved ones. ANU students Scott Underwood and Madeline Shepherd were the two Australians selected to participate in the inaugural (and most likely sole) "long term" exchange program. They would like to share some of their experiences, relay stories heard at the temporary housing facilities and provide honest feedback on the general feeling amongst people still living in the region, particularly with regard to the state of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear reactor

The Japanese Studies Seminar Series is a fortnightly seminar hosted by the ANU Japan Centre during Friday lunchtimes. Each fortnight an ANU Japan-related scholar shares their research with the group for discussion.  All are welcome to attend the series and engage with our Japan scholars on their research.


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