Yuko Nishiyama

Yuko Nishiyama, famed Fukushima activist and survivor of the March 11, 2011 triple disaster in Japan, is coming to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to share her personal experience of the nuclear crisis and the challenges faced by evacuees. Her lecture is part of Japan After 3:11: Change and Hope from the Center of Triple Disaster, a free public symposium commemorating the second anniversary of Japan’s March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. The symposium will be held at UH Mānoa’s Center for Korean Studies Auditorium on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Nishiyama is the founder of Minna no Te (everyone’s hands), a support group for evacuees. The group raises funds to assist in reuniting family members separated by 2011 crisis.

“We are honored to host Ms. Nishiyama at this event. Her personal experience of March 11, 2011 tragedy, as well as her subsequent work to raise global awareness of the ongoing crisis, provide a powerful perspective on Japan’s continuing efforts to rebuild the lives of its people and communities,” said Denise Konan, dean of the College of Social Sciences.

Symposium highlights

  • U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono will address attendees via a video message.
  • Japan-America Society of Hawaiʻi’s Kelsey Soma Turek will speak on Rainbow for Japan Kids, a program that brings children from the affected regions of Japan to Hawaiʻi for respite.
  • UH Mānoa MA candidate Tomoki Kimura, will share a personal account of the event.
  • Aya H. Kimura, assistant professor in the women’s studies at UH Mānoa, will address the subject of food and agriculture in post 3/11 Japan.
  • Mary McDonald, director for the Center of Japanese Studies at UH Mānoa, along with PhD candidate Yoshitaka Miyake from the geography department, will addreess the topic of change and hope in the tsunami zone.

Doors to the public symposium will open at 1:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. event. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. On-campus parking is free.

Adapted from a UH Mānoa news release

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