Miho Kazama on 5 year anniversary of Tohoku disaster

Miho Kazama, Think the Earth
http://ileap.org/archives/all-portfolio-list/miho-kazama

3/11/16

親愛なる米日コミュニティの皆さん、

はじめまして 風間美穂と申します。

昨年春から京都在住ですが、震災当時を含めて約10年ほど東京拠点に活動していました。
その当時は「一般社団法人Think the Earth」という環境系の中間支援団体で働いていました。
企業のCSRや環境省の国民啓発キャンペーンに関するプロジェクト企画・運営などに従事していました。

この団体では「Think the Earth基金」を立ち上げ、東日本大震災から半年間で8350万円を集め、現地で活動する44団体に手数料無しで寄付金を分配しました。
その後は「忘れないプロジェクト」を立ち上げ、5年間で約3000万円の寄付金を集めながら、20団体以上に寄付を分配しています。
私自身は日本海に面する新潟県出身です。
親戚は福島県いわき市や北海道で漁師をしていましたが、東日本大震災で船が流されて、
今は沿岸部から離れたところに住んでおり、漁に出ることはなくなったそうです。

私の仲間は依然として東北三県の各地で活動を続けていますが、震災から5年を経て、
当時支援で東北にいた団体のうち、今は約10分の1しか現地に残っていないと話します。

三月初旬に福島県の会津若松市や福島市、岩手県陸前高田市や大船渡市で暮らす農家や
現地の事業者さんと会話する機会を得ましたが、皆さん口々に「震災以前からあった問題が露呈してきた」、
「支援が途絶えた今は、改めて未来に対して、自分たちが努力して行かなければならない」と感じている、と仰っていました。
同時に、現在はインターネットだけではなく一般のテレビや新聞の報道でも、日本政府が隠してきた当時の原子力発電所の事故情報をはじめ、
「数十メートルもの防潮堤や土地のかさ上げ工事の無謀さと被災者格差」や「福島県で甲状腺ガンが確認された子どもたちの数の多さ」
なども明らかになってきています。

恐らく、日本に住む国民の多くは、気づき始めているのではないでしょうか…日本政府の取り組みで成功していることや機能不全に陥っていること、
民間企業や非営利組織や学術機関等のハイブリッド事業が新しい取り組みを進めていること、
それぞれがチャレンジしてきた事業の成果や行き詰まりを感じていること等々…
大震災からの復興の難しさと共に、日本社会のリアルな善し悪しの慣習と性質を、改めて身につまされているように思えてなりません。

福島の原子力発電所の事故から、私たちはもう既に気づいているのです。
これまでの理想としてきた社会構成が、多くのリスクを含んでいたことを。
私たちが盲目的に信じていた経済優先社会には、限界が訪れていることを。

再生可能エネルギーの技術力向上を願うよりも、むしろ私たちは政治への参画性を高めなければ、日本社会に変革を起こすことを早められない…ということに、私たちはいま痛いほど気づかされているのだと思います。
しかしながら、分かってはいるけれども、なかなか日常生活や日々経済の営みを変化させることは困難です。
だからせめて、多くの人たちは次なる大震災のリスクに備えようと、防災に関する情報発信や近所との関係性構築を見直し、レジリエンス力を高めようと色々な取り組みを始めているのだと思います。

そして、都市ではライフラインの見直しや防災訓練が各地で行われており、田舎では食料確保やエネルギーの自給に関する関心が高まりを見せています。

だからこそ21世紀の日本社会のトレンドは、誰かのリードやアクションを待つよりも、自分たち自身が本質的に求める安心・安全で豊かな暮らしを体現することから生み出されるのではないか、と思わずにはいられません。少なくとも、私は東京から京都へ引越して、そう感じながら日々過ごすようになりました。

いま現在も、東北ではたくさんの方々が、気持ちを重ね合わせながら協力して生きていらっしゃいます。たくさんの仲間たちも、東日本大震災から学んだ教訓を活かし、毎日を懸命に創りだそうとしています。

どうか私からのパーソナルな意見に捉われることなく、日本のいまを感じ・語り合いに東北へいらしてください。
どうぞこの週末に限らず、米日コミュニティの皆さんから日本への想い、重ね続けていただけましたら幸いです。

個人の主観を含んでいます、
乱文散文をご容赦ください。

皆さんからの気持ちに深く感謝を込めて、
繋がり合う機会をありがとうございました。

風間美穂

 



 

Everyone dear US-Japan community,

Hello My name is Miho Kazama.

Kyoto resident from last spring, but had been working in Tokyo base about 10 years, including the time the earthquake.
At that time worked at an intermediate support groups of environment system called “Institute Think the Earth”.
We were engaged in, such as project planning and management related to CSR and the public awareness campaign of the Ministry of the Environment of the company.

This organization launched the “Think the Earth Fund”, attracted 83.5 million yen in the six months from the Great East Japan Earthquake, we distribute the donations with no fee to 44 organizations working in the field.
Then launched a “Do not forget Project”, while collecting 30 million yen in donations in five years, you have to distribute the donations to more than 20 organizations.
I myself am from Niigata Prefecture, facing the Sea of ​​Japan.
Although relatives had been a fisherman in Iwaki City and Hokkaido, Fukushima Prefecture, is flowed ship in the Great East Japan Earthquake,
Now lives away from the coastal areas, it is so no longer able to go on fishing.

My companions are still continue to work in various parts of the Tohoku three prefectures, but after five years from the earthquake,
Among the organizations it was in the Northeast at the time support, now you talk to only one of about 10 minutes does not remain in the local.

Fukushima Prefecture Aizu-Wakamatsu City and Fukushima in March early, Ya farmers to live in Iwate Prefecture Rikuzentakata and Ofunato
But I took the opportunity to talk to the operator’s local, “a problem that was from the earthquake earlier have been exposed” to you every mouth,
“Now that support is lost is, to again the future, must go to their own efforts,” I had felt that, as saying.
At the same time, also in the coverage of the general television and newspapers as well as the Internet is now, including accident information of the nuclear power plant at the time that the Japanese government has been hidden,
“Recklessness and victims disparity of raising the construction of a few tens of meters of seawall and land” and “the large number of children that thyroid cancer has been confirmed in Fukushima Prefecture”
Also it has become clear, such as.

Perhaps, many of the people who live in Japan, that have fallen into it and dysfunction that have been successful in the I think we are beginning to notice … the Japanese government’s efforts,
That the hybrid business, such as private companies and non-profit organizations and academic institutions are promoting new initiatives,
So that each is feeling the results and stalemate of the business, which has been challenging …
Along with the difficulty of the recovery from the earthquake, the realistic practice and the nature of the quality of the Japanese society, it will have seem to be again Tsumasare to wear.

From the nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima, we are you already noticed.
This social structure has been the ideal until, that contains a number of risks.
The economic priority society in which we were to believe blindly, that the limit is visiting.

Technical capabilities than the wish to improve the renewable energy, if we increase the participation of the political rather, not as soon as possible that cause change in Japanese society … to the fact that, we are aware painfully now I think that.
However, although the fall is known, it is difficult to easily change the workings of everyday life and day-to-day economy.
So at the very least, and a lot of people get ready to risk the next earthquake, review the relationship building and information dissemination and neighbors about disaster prevention, I think has started a variety of efforts trying to increase the resilience force.

Then, review and disaster drills lifeline has been performed in various places in the city, in the countryside has been a growing interest in the self-sufficiency of food security and energy.

That is why the 21st century trend of Japanese society, rather than waiting for someone of lead and action, but think whether their own but is not produced from it to embody the safe, secure and prosperous life essentially seek, and It does not help. At least, I moved to Kyoto from Tokyo, now spend every day while feeling so.

Even now current, a lot of people in the Northeast, we Irasshai live in cooperation while superimposing the feeling. A lot of friends also, taking advantage of the lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake, we are trying to Daso create so hard every day.

Whether without dividing bound by personal opinion from me, please need to northeast Japan of the now to feel-talk.
Please not limited to this weekend, thought to Japan from your US-Japan community, I hope if you can continue to pile.

It contains the subjectivity of the individual,
Please pardon the Ranbun prose.

Deep gratitude to the feeling from you,
Thank you for the connection each other opportunity.

Miho Kazama

 


Thank you Miho-san.
All my best to you and your family.
Regards,
Steve

Congratulations to Fujinosono Children’s Shelter

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Congratulations to Ichinoseki Fujinosono Children’s Shelter. They will open their new, children’s home this summer to house approximately 50 children. The original home was damaged in the March 11, 2011 earthquake that devastated the Tohoku region.

The home will be state-of-the-art and one of the most eco-friendly buildings in Japan, with solar, passive solar design, heating from bio-mass from the surrounding area. The building will also serve as a disaster center for the immediate area. Congratulations to Sister Caelina and to Sae Kani of Malteser International for raising monies and building the project.

A donation from the Tohoku Insights 2013 event was sent to Fujinoso. In addition, jazz musician, Akira Tana and his band Otonowa, made a donation from the proceeds of the new CD “Otonowa” that was featured at the Tohoku Insights 2013 event. Thank  you Akira.

 http://www.design2marketinc.com/tohokuinsights2013/news/

 

Ichinoseki Fujinosono Children’s shelter – Tohoku rebuild



The Ichinoseki Fujinosono Children’s Shelter in Ichinoseki, Iwate prefecture, was damaged due to the earthquake of March 11, 2011. Malteser International raised monies to rebuild the shelter which will open in the summer of 2013. Designed with the most cutting-edge eco-design and technology this building will set new standards for sustainability and will be a model for global partnership and cooperation for the rebuild efforts in Tohoku. Sae Kani is the project coordinator for Malteser International.

More on Sae Kani
http://www.malteser-international.org/en/home/media-library/reportagen/asia/japan/portrait-of-our-help-sae-kani.html

Kids Orchestra Japan Project



Just met Junko Suzuki Parsons and her friends at Mari Kawawa’s fundraiser “Twilight COncert on the Bay”, Saturday, April 27th, 2013 in Tiburon, CA, featuring the Edgewood Trio. Junko’s team is helping promote the Kids Orchestra Japan Project, an exchange program of youths in Japan and the U.S. collaborating with music. Their goal is to connect the kids in the affected areas in the Tohoku area of Japan to help them through these challenging times. Will be updating more about their progress.
http://cyclub.me

Ambassador Roos – 2 year anniversary event

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3/16/13 Tokyo, Japan

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/ann?a=20130316-00000031-ann-int

U.S. Ambassador to Japan, John Roos talking about the two year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in the Tohoku region, on 3/11. An event was held to honor those who were affected including Ayaka Ogawa who lost her entire family in the tragedy. Through the help of the Tomodachi Initiative, she is now living in Michigan and attending school.

http://usjapantomodachi.org/

 

 

 

Statement from USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye on the Second Anniversary of March 11, 2011 – Press Release

From US Japan Council

March 11 2013

For Immediate Release

Two years ago today, Japan suffered enormous tragedy.  On the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, we remember the loss, but also recognize the progress made towards recovery and the strength and determination of the people of the Tohoku region.

I am currently in Japan with the 2013 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. This program brings Japanese Americans to Japan to build people-to-people connections with Japanese leaders from all sectors of society. For the first time in program history, the delegation visited Fukushima, where we learned about the state of the recovery efforts and sought to demonstrate that Fukushima is a safe and enjoyable place to visit. It was especially meaningful to be there on the anniversary of the disasters. From seniors to school children, we were inspired by the resilience and spirit of the people there.

We visited a temporarily-constructed elementary school that brings together three schools in one facility, spent time at Fukushima Medical University and toured an agricultural inspection center. At the exact moment of the earthquake, 2:46 p.m., we were at Odagaisama Center, a community support center for evacuees living in temporary housing. We observed a collective moment of silence.

Every visit in Fukushima reflected the sentiment that people want to share their experiences with the world so that others can benefit from the lessons learned. As Japanese Americans, we understand the importance of sharing one’s story in order to find common ground as the first step to building people-to-people and country-to-country connections.

Many alumni of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation program have shown a commitment to supporting Japan, reflecting the strong bonds built while on the trip. Past participants, along with U.S.-Japan Council Members and Board Members, have made numerous trips to the Tohoku region since the disasters.

The U.S.-Japan Council continues to support recovery and revitalization through TOMODACHI, our major initiative launched with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo with the support of the Government of Japan, corporations, organizations and individuals from the United States and Japan. In 2012, close to a thousand young people participated in TOMODACHI programs, contributing to our mission of investing in the next generation of Japanese and Americans. We are fortunate that several of our successful programs from 2012 will be repeated in 2013 and beyond.  We are seeing great strides being made in creating a true “TOMODACHI Generation” of young people who care about each other’s countries and cultures.

We have also been committed to supporting the growing non-profit sector in Japan. Many of the organizations we funded through our initial USJC Earthquake Relief Fund have stayed engaged with the Council by attending our events and networking with their American counterparts. By providing platforms for the exchange of information and by building a strong network of non-profit professionals from both countries, we hope to continue bolstering support for civil society in Japan.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our initiatives to support the Tohoku region as well as those who have engaged in activities with our partners and friends across the country.  The outpouring of support from Americans, and especially the Japanese American community, has not ceased and continues to serve as a source of great inspiration across the Pacific.

Give2Asia hosts NGOs working in the Tohoku region

I was honored to be invited to a special luncheon today hosted by Give2Asia http://www.give2asia.org in San Francisco. 4 NGOs from the Tohoku area were invited to share their experiences in the rebuild and relief effort in the areas affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant failure.

It was heartwarming to hear their stories and their challenges. Yet their commitment showed the strength and resiliency of the Japanese people.

Still one of the messages rang clear: many felt uncertainty in regards to their future and that part of their (NGOs) mission is to give hope to the people who had lost loved ones, their homes, jobs, and any sense of normalcy. There are still over 300,000 people living in temporary housing. The population in some of the towns have decreased to 70% as people, especially the young, moved out to find jobs in Tokyo and other areas. The once vibrant fishing industry in Ishinomaki is now non-existant. Acres and acres of farmland are ruined as agriculture in certain areas has been abandoned.

Many outsiders fear traveling to the region due to the radiation contamination from the Fukushima power plants. The long term economic impact is yet to be realized.

It is my hope that on my trip to the Tohoku area, I can bring a sense of support and hope to the people. As one of the executives from the Give2Asia said, “working in the nonprofit sector to help the rebuild and relief effort, you have to be an optimist”. Bringing a sense of hope to the people, that by working together, there will be a better tomorrow.

Today was such an emotional, moving experience. Thank you Gillian Ira Yeoh and Give2Asia. I look forward to meeting some of the NGOs in Japan next week.

July 4, 2012, 1000 Cranes made it to Japan!


The 1000 Cranes created by the many volunteers for the “One Year After: Benefit Concert for the Children of Tohoku, Japan” on March 10, 2012, made its way over the Pacific Ocean and landed in Fukushima, Japan bringing our best wishes to the orphans in the Tohoku region. Please read this moving letter from Katherine Geeraert,  Home Communications Manager for Soma Children’s Home and founder of Friends of Soma.

P.S. This letter arrived on the Fourth of July!

http://www.musicatmsj.org/oneyearafter/letter.html