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United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Pre-Event

A memorial symposium on the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake & a screening of the 3D documentary “The Great March Eleven Tsunami – Remembering for the future”.

Date: March 10, 2015
Time: 12:30pm ~ 8:00pm
Venue: Tohoku University Kawauchi Hagi Hall

The International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University and NHK Media Technology are jointly organizing a disaster risk reduction event in commemoration of the 4 year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The event is also sponsored by the Tohoku Forum for Creativity. Please come and join us for this memorable event.

Simultaneous English and Japanese interpretation is available. Admission is free of charge, but you need to register at the following site.  Early registration is encouraged due to the limited number of seats.
>>Link to the registration

Part One: Symposium (12:30pm ~ 5:00pm)
World-class disaster risk reduction researchers and practitioners will gather from various countries, including Canada, Denmark, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States.  We will discuss how to bridge gaps between academia and societal needs, and report on the recovery status since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Finally, we will propose a new international forum on disaster risk reduction in collaboration with public, private, academic, and other stakeholders. This will be held following the Sendai UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Participants include:

–    Gordon McBean (President, International Council for Science)
–    Reid Basher (Former Advisor to the UN Special Rep. of the Secretary-General for DRR)
–    Shuzo Koshino (Iwate University)
–    Nobuyoshi Hara (Executive Vice President, Tohoku University)
–    Yoshihito Ozawa (Vice President, Fukushima University)
–    Andrew Gordon (Harvard University)
–    Erik Hollnagel (University of Southern Denmark)
–    Walter Ammann (Founder and President of the Foundation GRF Davos)

Part Two: Movie night (6:00pm ~ 8:00pm)
A screening of the  the 3D documentary The Great March Eleven Tsunami: Remembering for the future (80 min).  The film was produced by NHK Media Technology that continuously filmed people and tsunami affected areas since the Great East Japan Earthquake.  The documentary conveys the voices of local people and the changing landscapes of Tohoku’s coastal areas, with super realistic images captured by 3D cameras.  Prof. Fumihiko Imamura, Director of IRIDeS supervised the film, which won the 2014 Lumiere Japan Award from the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society. Prior to the film starting, a thirty-minute talk show will be held with Prof. Imamura, Film Director Atsunori Kawamura and others. (The talk show will only be in Japanese.  The film is both for English and Japanese speaking audiences.)

● Note: Please be aware that there are no restaurants or stores nearby.


Address: 40 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8576

By bus –
Catch a bus at Sendai Station from platform 9 bound for:
・ Miyagi University of Education/Aobadai (宮教大・青葉台行)
・ Dobutsukoen Circle via Aoba-dori (青葉通経由動物公園循環)
Get off at “Tohoku University Kawauchi Campus/Hagi Hall (東北大川内 キャンパス・萩ホール前)”.
Approx. 15 min ride, 3 min walk from the bus stop.
By taxi – 10 min from Sendai Station, 45 min from Sendai Airport.
By foot – 25 min walk from Hirose-dori Station, 40 min walk from Sendai Station.


Kawauchi Hagi Hall:


IRIDeS Public Relations Office
Tel: 022-752-2049


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