Workshop: “Offering educational support for Tohoku after the devastating earthquake and tsunami”

In April 2011, key stakeholders involved in disaster relief for affected children gathered from different fields to discuss the policies to guide the current project. The workshop involved many passionate discussions on topics such as latest updates from the field, what activities should be defined through policies, and the importance of maintaining a positive relationship with partners in different domains.


Date and Time April 22, 2011 (Friday) 13:30 – 16:30
Location Keio University Mita Campus, East Building 6F G-SEC Lab
Theme What we need to do now, what we need to prepare from now, and what we want to create in the future in order to support the education of children affected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
Participants Representatives from the Japanese government, businesses, NGOs, media, and educational bodies


Opening Remarks

Relief activities by private sector and their experiences

Kunio Yamada, Rohto Pharmaceutical Co.

Masahiro Ogawa, Softbank Corp.

Eiji Tamura, BIC CAMERA Inc.

Masatada Kobayashi, Rakuten, Inc.

Keynote speech

Kan Suzuki, Senior Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Situation report on the orphans and affected children

Toshiyuki Takashashi, Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare

Gakuji Ito, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Case study of an overseas effort (video message)

The Global Fund for Children  Victoria Dunning

Issues identified from domestic activities and future efforts (panel discussion)


Aiko Doden, Japan Broadcasting Corporation


Haruo Miyagi, ETIC.

Kumi Imamura, NPO KATARIBA

Akihiko Morita, Save the Children Japan

Yutaka Kikugawa, Japan Committee for UNICEF

Closing Remarks