The Speakers

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Through their performances and installations, the Tokyo-based art collective, Chim↑Pom, was one of the first groups to raise awareness about radiation after 3/11 and was at the forefront of the movement to challenge nuclear power in Japan. Co-opting one of Tokyo’s busiest and most famous areas, Shibuya, as the staging ground for many of their interventions, Chim↑Pom targets candid public audiences, often to outlandish and thought-provoking effect.
An article about Chim↑Pom

photo: Hiroyuki Matsukage

Jake Price

Jake Price

Filmmaker and photographer Jake Price created UnknownSpring, an immersive online anthology that chronicles a community’s efforts to overcome the tsunami. He worked with Shimpei Takeda to create the documentary CPM-703, a portrait into a population living under the constant threat of radiation in Fukushima.

Shimpei Takeda

Shimpei Takeda

Fukushima native and Brooklyn-based artist Shimpei Takeda felt compelled to speak beyond his personal art and address the unfolding nuclear calamity that was engulfing his home. Takeda started his on-going project called Trace, in which he used cameraless processes to capture the current state of Japan directly, by exposing photo-sensitive material to traces of radiation emitted from contaminated particles.


Yuhei Suzuki

Yuhei Suzuki worked as a staff of “tumugiya,” an NPO that was created in response to The Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. He spearheaded two projects in Oshika Peninsulra: a local deer horn accessory “OCICA”  and food shop “Boppora Shokudo” for job creation and community recovery, collaborating with local women’s groups, professional designers, architects and photographers. An article about OCICA

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Shun Kanda

Shun Kanda is the Director of Architectural Studies for the MIT-Japan Program, and Director of the MIT Japan 3.11 Initiative, a multi-year collaborative project focused on disaster-resilient planning, design and reconstruction. Since 2011, Kanda has enabled upwards of 100 students and alumni from US, European, and Japanese colleges, to assist in the ongoing reconstruction efforts in Minamisanriku.

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Matthew Bunza

Matthew Bunza is a Lecturer in Architecture at MIT and a Research Associate with the MIT Japan 3.11 Initiative. At MIT, he has been involved with efforts in Minamisanriku in the capacities of student, Research Assistant, and Teaching Assistant. He recently completed his Master’s thesis on related issues, and will be co- teaching a graduate-level design studio with Kanda at MIT this Spring.

Shunichi Homma

Dr. Shunichi Homma

Dr. Homma, Margaret Milliken Hatch Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of the Cardiology Division at Columbia University, and president of JAMSNET, has been an instrumental faculty member for Consortium for Japan Relief ever since its initial development. Among his many achievements, he has led efforts to enhance mental health initiatives in the Tohoku Region, establishing outpatient mental health clinics in Fukushima and Iwate prefectures.

Robert Yanagisawa

Dr. Robert Yanagisawa

Dr. Yanagisawa is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Program Director of the Clinical Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and board member of the Japanese Medical Society of America. He led a team consisting of the 9/11 Family Association, Englewood Rotary and Mount Sinai Global Health to disaster stricken areas in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. The mission was to share personal stories of transformation, how NY came together and recovered from 9/11 over the past 11 years.


Susan Onuma

A graduate of Barnard College, Susan J. Onuma is a partner with the law firm Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and has been active in fundraising efforts for Tohoku through her involvement as a board member/officer of the Japanese American Association of New York, the U.S.-Japan Council (Tomodachi Fund), and the Japan Society. In March 2012, she was a part of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation, speaking at a symposium in Sendai whose theme was “Empowering a Civil Society for the Future.”


Nishimiya Fellows Program

The Nishimiya Fellows Program is a weeklong program at Fukushima Medical University (FMU) that introduces students to the topics of disaster medicine and gives them an opportunity to engage in disaster relief activities in Tohoku. This program began in 2012 with funding from the Japanese Medical Support Network (JAMSnet) and support from the Education Center for Disaster Medicine at Fukushima Medical University.


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