Consortium for Japan Relief

Dear CJR Members and Supporters,

As we are nearing the four-year mark after The Great East Japan Earthquake struck and devastated the Tohoku region, we would like to announce our annual CJR event(s) for 2015 and gratefully welcome you to join us once again to remember and continue this important dialogue.

This year, we are going to have a three-speaker series starting from Wednesday night, March 11th, continuing on to Tuesday night, April 7th,and then concluding on Tuesday late afternoon on April 21st. Each themed session will invite impassioned practitioners who are currently giving their all to help those still affected by the disaster and lead them towards recovery. Crucial issues will also be raised to hopefully move us as a community and bring the conversation about post-disaster stricken Tohoku to the next level.

So please mark your calendars right now, and we sincerely hope that you will be able to come and join us for these important talks so that we can get inspired and partake of meaningful conversation together. We encourage you to register below or through this link:

Best regards,
Yumiko Murai

CJR President


Please register for our upcoming 2015 CJR Lecture Series at Columbia University, Reimagining Japan Post 3/11. All registrants will receive a confirmation email message a few days before our events.


Soon after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, many concerned Columbia University students and faculty members gathered together and formed Consortium for Japan Relief (CJR), a united coalition led by Dr. Shunichi Homma, Margaret Milliken Hatch Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of Cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Jeanette Takamura, Dean of the Columbia University School of Social Work, and Paul Anderer, professor at Columbia University’s Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, along with alumni and student coordinators, Daiyu Suzuki, Kirsten Homma, Kenneth Nakazawa, Nathanael Andreini, Sayaka Tsuno, May Uchida, Alisa Prager, Hana Ito, Yasutaka Saeki, Maka Akannajin, Fred Tsutagawa, Yumiko Murai and Hiroshi Hasegawa. Other core members include Professors Hugh Patrick, Gerry Curtis, Dr. Kato and Dr. Robert Yanagisawa. Also many thanks to Alexis Liu, Qi Chen, Katie Moore, Jisuk Park, and Shigeru Eguchi, for their contributions.

CJR’s Mission is Tri-Fold:
– To raise social awareness regarding the various issues that have emerged from 3.11;
– To generate evidence-based information and guidance about the Japan disaster and its aftermath and about comparable natural disasters; and
– To encourage continuing assistance to the affected regions as appropriate and in collaboration and coordination with other organizations

[Past Events] [Meeting Summaries] [Photos/Videos]
[March 9th, 2014 Symposium]

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