Seven years since 3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake

Seven years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake which caused unprecedented destruction and suffering on March 11, 2011.

Waseda University will fly its flag at half-mast and ring the bells on Okuma Auditorium to mourn the victims of the disaster and pray for reconstruction efforts on March 11 at 14:46, the time when the earthquake struck.

Shortly after the disaster, Waseda University established the Office for Aiding Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake to provide scholarships for students from affected areas, organize volunteer and donation activities, and promote research for supporting reconstruction efforts. Carrying out such extensive support and reconstruction efforts have been possible due to the generation donation by the Waseda Supporters Club of approximately three hundred million yen (approximately 2.6 million USD). Furthermore, the Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center (WAVOC) has received tremendous support and has sent over 7,000 volunteers to the Tohoku region. There, the volunteers conduct activities such as organizing recreational events and visiting temporary housing.

As time passes, the needs of the affected areas change. Waseda University will do its best to support reconstruction efforts mainly through student volunteer activities for a brighter future for all.

On March 11, WAVOC student group will hold a memorial program called “Reconstruction: Considering What Can Be Down Now.” While the memories of the Earthquake are starting to fade away, the program invites speakers from the affected areas.

“Reconstruction: Considering What Can Be Done Now”

  • Organized by: Hiryama Ikuo Volunteer Center (WAVOC)
  • Co-organized by Dentsu Scholarship Foundation
  • Date and time: March 11 (Sat), 2017 from 14:00-16:00 (welcome any time between these hours) *14:46 Bells at Okuma Auditorium will ring for a moment of silence
  • Venue: Okuma Garden Hall, 1F Okuma Garden House, Building 25, Waseda University
  • Free admission
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Group photo taken at port festival in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture.

Photo taken at Miyako, Iwate Prefecture. The band give performance to welcome tourists on Miyako Jodogahama Boat Curise.

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