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