ID:209 Let's say “Hello!” and enjoy chat on open corridor - an effort in temporary housing -
- 12:15-13:50（Door Open 12:00）
- Sendai Civic Auditorium Meeting Room 1
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E-mail:najimay*m.tohoku.ac.jp （Please replace * to @）
Tohoku University Graduate school of Arts and Letters
Tohoku University Arts and Letters
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We, the organizers of this program, Natori city Social welfare conference, and volunteer students, introduced our aims and activities, explaining how we work together with the local government. In doing so, we proposed a way for people to contribute, even If only in a small way, to town-development, reconstruction and disaster prevention.
How does that town-development activity contribute to disaster reduction and prevention? A community build on strong relationships among its members can survive disasters better. In other words, fostering strong relationships in communities lead to disaster reduction and prevention. As the Great Japan Earthquake and the nuclear power plant accidents happened, a disaster could happen no matter how careful we as a nation are. No matter how well one prepares for a disaster, it might not be enough. When disaster strikes, our care of destroyed communities can be part of the preparation to strengthen the community for future disasters.
Not only natural disasters but also social issues can be regarded as disasters. In that sense, the world is full of disasters or potential disasters. Therefore, it is necessary to take action by yourself and be actively involved in “town-development” activities in order to create strong communities. This project shows that the Engawa project can be done by anyone not only by professionals.
Outline“Let’s say ‘Hello’ in the Engawa” project has been carried out by Tohoku University academics and students. Engawa is the Japanese word for an open corridor where people socialize with tea. Through the discussion of our project, we would like to propose a way for people to engage in town-development, reconstruction and disaster prevention.
Opening address Yoshinao Najima (Professor, Graduate School / Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University) Past, present, and future of “Let’s say ‘Hello’ in the Engawa” project ーOur aims, activities, outcomes, and challengesー Yoshinao Najima (Professor, Graduate School / Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University) From the perspective of a public sector employee ーConnecting people’s desires Mitsuru Sawada (Operation unit chief, Natori city social welfare conference) From the perspective of a student volunteer－Diversity of communication Shunsuke Umeki (PhD student, Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University) From the perspective of a citizen―Meaning of ‘living in Natori’ Naoki Terakawa (PhD student, Graduate School of Education, Tohoku University) From the perspective of a volunteering professional―Design an enjoyable time Michie Yamamori (Part-time lecturer, International Education Center, Tokai University) Closing address Yoshinao Najima (Professor, Graduate School / Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University)