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2013/03/05 15:14 

Nishiyama's lecture is part of “Japan After 3.11: Change and Hope from the Center of Triple Disaster,” a free public symposium commemorating the second anniversary of Japan’s March 11th earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. The symposium will also feature: The Honorable Mazie Hirono, who will address attendees via a video message; Japan-America Society of Hawai‘i’s Kelsey Soma Turek, who will address Rainbow for Japan Kids, a program that brings children from the affected regions of Japan to Hawai’i for respite; UH Mānoa MA candidate Tomoki Kimura, who will share a personal account of the event; Aya H. Kimura, assistant professor in the Women’s Studies Department at UH Mānoa, who will address the subject of food and agriculture in post 3/11 Japan; Dr. Mary McDonald, director for the Center for Japanese Studies at UH Mānoa, along with UHM PhD candidate Yoshitaka Miyake from the Geography Department, who will address the topic of change and hope in the tsunami zone.

WHAT:           Talk titled “Fukushima Evacuees: Displacement and Engagement after 3.11" by Yuko Nishiyama, founder of Minna no Te, a support group assisting in reuniting families separated by the March 11, 2011 nuclear crisis in Japan.


WHEN:           Sunday, March 10, 2013

             2 p.m.


WHERE:        Korean Studies Auditorium

                        1881 East-West Road

             UH Mānoa campus


WHO:             Yuko Nishiyama is a famed Fukushima activist and survivor of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. She is founder and president of Minna no Te (Minnanote), a support group for Tohoku evacuees residing in Kyoto. 

The symposium is co-sponsored by UH Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences, Department of Religion, Department of Women’s Studies and Center for Japanese Studies, together with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i and the Japan-America Society of Hawai‘i.

            (Note to editors: Yuko Nishiyama is available for advance media interviews.  To schedule an interview, please contact Lisa Shirota at 956-7352 or

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