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A one day film and talk event attended by Governor of Miyagi Yoshihiro Murai, the prefecture in Japan hit hardest by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake, will be held in London at SOAS reflecting on the events of 2011 and to look at how lives are being rebuilt for those affected by the disaster. The day will include a screening of the documentary film The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (38min) / 2012 Academy Award-nominated documentary (Short Subject), directed by British documentary maker Lucy Walker, filmed in the immediate aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which happened on 11 March 2011. The film portrays how the “Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan’s recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins. A stunning visual poem about the ephemeral nature of life and the healing power of Japan’s most beloved flower.”

Title: TSUNAMI, 611 days later
Time: 14:00 – 16:00 + networking time from 16:00-16:45
Date: Sun, 11 November 2012
Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh St, London WC1H 0XG
Hosted by: TERP London, Sakura Front and Japan Research Centre (JRC)
Sponsored by: The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Assisted by: Action for Japan UK
Supported by: Embassy of Japan on the UK, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan Local Government Centre, Japan National Tourism Organization, Japan Europe Entrepreneurs Forum, The Japan Foundation, Daiwa Foundation, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK, Asia House, JETRO

Event Objectives:
- Recall what happened in Tohoku 611 days ago
- Understand what is happening in Tohoku.
- Discuss what we can do in the UK for Tohoku from now

Schedule:

14:00 Opening Note by Dr. Stephen Dodd, Chair of Japan Research Centre

14:05-14:45 Part 1: Film Screening
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (38min) /2012 Academy Award nominated documentary (Short Subject), directed by Lucy Walker (born in London, United Kingdom)
We are screening a documentary film taken immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that happened on 11 March 2012 to recall what happened and how Japanese people reacted to the disaster.

14:45-16:00 Part2: Talk & Discussion
Governor of Miyagi Yoshihiro Murai will update on the current situation of the area and present his vision of the road to reconstruction. There will be a panel discussion to talk on what support can be provided from UK to Tohoku. We are aiming to raise awareness of the fast-changing needs of the support for recovery in the disaster hit area and to give a good example of how British volunteer spirit provides the cornerstone of their activity.

16:00- 16:45 Networking
Guests and audience will congregate in the hall outside the theatre.


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