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Panel Presentation: “Japan: Coping with Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Disaster”

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When: April 21, 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: Irvine Auditorium, Monterey Institute of International Studies

The magnitude-9 earthquake and the subsequent tsunami on March 11 have killed over 13,000 persons and more than 14,000 remain unaccounted for.  In addition, with the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima spewing radioactive materials into the atmosphere and the sea, tens of thousands of international visitors have canceled their trips to Japan and many foreign governments have banned Japanese imports. 

How are the people in the affected areas of Japan coping with the unprecedented crisis?  What are the challenges confronting the Japanese and international relief efforts on the ground?  Four persons who are participating in the relief efforts in various ways will share their experiences and observations at this unique panel discussion, with panelists participating via skype from Japan and Washington, DC.

Scheduled participants include:
• Tsuneo Akaha, Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies (chairing the panel)
• Marti McElreath, JET in Shichigahama-machi, Miyagi-ken (participating from Japan via skype)
• Steven Leeper, Chairperson, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation (participating from Japan via skype)
• Nils Bildt, President, CTSS Group; MIIS alumnus (participating from Washington, DC via skype)
• Tatsuya Yoshioka, Director, Peace Boat (participating from Japan via skype) 
Donations in support of relief efforts in Japan will be accepted at the door.

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