1. SummaryThe orientation for the TOMODACHI Summer 2012 BEYOND Tomorrow U.S. Program – Reconstruction and Planning – (U.S. Program) took place over a weekend at the foot of Mount Fuji. The forthcoming program in the U.S. will provide the students opportunities to draw the lessons from the U.S. experience of reconstruction following Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, and examine what could be applied for mid-/long-term Tohoku reconstruction process.
- To deepen the students’ understanding of the September 11th terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, learning the issues associated with subsequent reconstruction and urban planning.
- To summarize the issues concerning the reconstruction of Tohoku, and to discuss what they want to communicate in the U.S. as representatives of Tohoku
- To create a sense of team unity in preparation for the 2-week U.S. Program.
3. DateFriday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1, 2012
4. LocationShikitei (Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture)
5. ParticipantsNine students participating in the 2012 U.S. Program and three students planning to study abroad through the BEYOND Tomorrow High School Study Abroad Program. A click of a photographs will display a profile.
6. Speakers and guestsA variety of workshops were conducted by experts in reconstruction planning and study-abroad activities, offering advice to the students in preparation for the U.S. program and High School Study Abroad Programs.
7. Program Summary
- Friday, June 29
- Orientation 1: Program Outline
- Orientation 2: Icebreaking
- Workshop 1: U.S.-Japan Cooperation in the context of Disaster Reconstruction
- Workshop 2: The 3/11 Earthquake, Myself, and BEYOND Tomorrow
- Saturday, June 30
- Nature walk
- Workshop 3: Hurricane Katrina and the September 11th Terrorist Attacks
- Workshop 4: Reconstruction and Planning of the Ideal City: Part 1 (Speaker: Masatomo Miyazawa）
- Workshop 5: Disaster Response in the World” (Speaker: Satoru Nishikawa）
- Workshop 6: Reconstruction and Planning of the Ideal City: Part 2 (Drafting a presentation of what we want to learn in the U.S. about reconstruction)
- BEYOND Tomorrow Game tournament
- Sunday, July 1
- Breakfast with the owner of Shikitei (Speaker: Taichi Fujita)
- Group Work 1: Three things we want to convey from Tohoku to the U.S. (Drafting team presentations in English)
- Cow milking experience
8. Key LearningThe program focused on three themes: 1. Reconstruction and City Planning, 2. The situation in Tohoku that we want to convey in the U.S., 3. Reflection on the Disaster Experience
1. Reconstruction and City Planning
Workshop1: U.S.-Japan Cooperation in the Context of Disaster Reconstruction– Why going to America as representatives of Tohoku? Why Japan-U.S. cooperation in the reconstruction of Tohoku? What is the TOMODACHI Initiative?
Workshop 3: Hurricane Katrina and the September 11th Terrorist AttacksWhat was 9/11? What was Hurricane Katrina? Gaining a deeper understanding of post-disaster policies and initiatives
“In America, regardless of skin color or appearance, everyone is considered an American.” “Issues like poverty, violence, infrastructure, racial problems, oil prices, population drain are all related with ‘reconstruction’ and ‘city planning.’ ” “What were countermeasures only possible in the U.S.?”
Workshop4&6: Reconstruction and City PlanningIn groups, students categorized the issues associated with mid-term Tohoku reconstruction based on their own experiences, and discussed their vision for the “ideal city”.
Workshop 5: Disaster Relief Efforts in the WorldPre-reading:
- The Joint Field Office (JFO)’s reaction to Katrina
- Post-disaster reconstruction planning processes –a comparison of the planning processes of Kobe and New Orleans-
- Lessons learned from the response to Hurricane Katrina and resource mobilization for disaster response
- Moving to higher ground, donating to the proposed site (Asahi Shimbun January 11, 2012)”
2. The situation in Tohoku that we want to convey to the U.S.
Group work 2: Three things we want to convey from Tohoku to the U.S.In groups, the students developed presentations on what they would like to convey to American people from Tohoku in English.
「We are the team of BEYOND Tomorrow. We would like to tell our stories of the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami」 「We will show our gratitude to American people for their support after the disaster」 「We would like to tell American people about the current situation in Tohoku after one year since the disaster」 「We would like to show that Tohoku, our hometown, is one of the most beautiful places in Japan」
3. Facing the Disaster Experience
Workshop 2: The 3/11 Earthquake, Me, and BEYOND TomorrowAfter experiencing the Great East Japan Earthquake, why did I get involved with BEYOND Tomorrow? What was my most special moment after meeting people from BEYOND Tomorrow? One year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the participating students reflected on their experiences once again.
“If there wasn’t BEYOND Tomorrow, I would have focused on trying to forget about the earthquake and I would not have been able to reflect on it and think about what would need to happen in the future” “When I met the people from BEYOND Tomorrow, I felt that I could air out my emotions here. It was the moment that I found precious people who I could consider as my dearest friends.” “I lost a lot from the earthquake, but since I had entrance examinations for the university at the time, I tried not to think too much about it. But the time I couldn’t sort out my feelings, I met BEYOND Tomorrow.” “I lost my house and my parents lost their jobs in the earthquake. It was when I had to give up my dreams for the future that I met my friends and found a new role for myself. Now, I can walk towards the future, facing my new dreams.”
Cooperating organizationsThe orientation for the U.S. Program was carried out due to the cooperation of many people. We are truly grateful for their support. （Management Cooperation） We thank the three staff members from POINT INC. who served as volunteers. （Venue Cooperation） We are grateful to Shikitei for providing the venue as well as accommodation.
We appreciate the generosity of the following local farmers, from whom we received fruits, vegetables, and eggs.
【Based on what they have learned during this orientation, the students will set off for the U.S. Program, to take place from August 6-22, 2012.】