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Post 3/11 Operation Tomodachi --"Operation Friend"-- Seminar

2011-7-7 (Thu) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Post 3/11 Operation Tomodachi --Operation Friend-- Seminar will be held from 10:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 noon on Thursday, July 7, 2011 (JST). Please note: the date and time of this seminar corresponds to Wednesday, July 6, 6:00 ~ 8:00 p.m. PDT in San Francisco.

An unprecedented national catastrophe, the Great East Japan Earthquake, struck Japan on March 11. In the aftermath of the disaster, the United States came to Japan's rescue immediately and played a great role. The rescue operation was named Operation Tomodachi, "Operation Friend." As the saying goes, "A friend in need is a friend indeed."

John Victor Roos, the United States Ambassador to Japan, spearheaded the operation and the US military mobilized its personnel to help move relief goods, aid in rescue operations in the areas affected by the tsunami, and supported cooling efforts at the nuclear power plants.

From the Japan side, the Self Defense Forces sent 100,000 personnel to the quake-hit regions and worked on cooling the nuclear reactors. The Japan-US coordinated relief activities at the disaster sites. From Osaka University, more than 100 volunteers went to the disaster-stricken areas to provide assistance.

In this seminar, the following people will participate on the Osaka side: TOUKOU Ken, Secretary at the US Embassy in Japan, TABUCHI Shinji, Director, Kinki Central Area Division of the Ministry of Defense, and MATSUURA Aya of the Osaka School of International Public Policy.  These three persons will be joined via a video-conference system with three individuals at Osaka University's San Francisco Center for Education and Research.

The persons participating in San Francisco will be MATSUURA Isao, Director, Japan Society of Northern California, Dana LEWIS, President, Japan Society of Northern California, KUBOI Ryoichi, Director, San Francisco Center for Education and Research.

Following the disaster, friends in San Francisco, including the State of California, the City of San Francisco, the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco, and the Japan Society, expressed their sympathies and offered assistance.

A message to Japan from people in San Francisco will also be conveyed via the video conference system.

This seminar is a kick-off seminar for developing a Japan-U.S. joint global personnel development program.


This seminar is open to the public. Interested individuals are welcome to attend.


Post 3/11 Japan-US Operation Tomodachi --Operation Friend-- Seminar

Moderator: HOSHINO Toshiya, Dean, Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University

Lectures and topic presenters

From Osaka

  • TOUKOU Ken, Secretary at the US Embassy in Japan, involved in coordinating Operation Tomodachi in the disaster-stricken areas
  • TABUCHI Shinji, Director, Kinki Central Area Division of the Ministry of Defense
  • MATSUURA Aya, Master's candidate, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, and volunteer in relief activities  in Miyagi prefecture
  • Others

From San Francisco

  • MATSUURA Isao, Director, Japan Society of Northern California
  • Dana Lewis, President, Japan Society of Northern California
  • KUBOI Ryoichi, Director, San Francisco Center for Education and Research, Osaka University
  • Others

Date & Time: Thursday, July 7, 2011, 10:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 noon JST / Wednesday, July 6, 6:00 ~ 8:00 p.m. PDT

This symposium will be conducted primarily in Japanese.

Sponsored by: Consulate General of the United States, Osaka Japan; Kansai American Center.

How to apply: Please apply by email. Send the following information: (1) your name, (2) the name of your company or organization, and (3) your year in school to the email address noted below.

Please note: Osaka University's San Francisco Center for Education and Research does NOT have sufficient space to open this event to the general public. Applications to attend can only be accepted for persons wanting to attend the venue in Osaka (Lecture Theater, 2nd floor, Osaka School of International Public Policy OSIPP Building, Osaka University).


Date: 2011-7-7 (Thu) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Venue: Lecture Theater, 2nd floor, Osaka School of International Public Policy OSIPP Building, Osaka University
Registration: Registration by email is necessary.
Contact: Research Support Office,Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University. Tel: 06-6850-5655. We'd like to express our gratitude the consulate, Japan Society of Northern California, and Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco for providing the opportunity to hold this important seminar.
tomodachi-america@osipp.osaka-u.ac.jp

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