Japan’s top experts on reducing disaster risks, humanitarian aid speak at Kennesaw State

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MEDIA ADVISORY “International Responses to Crisis” conference part of University’…

Georgia (Mar 13, 2014)MEDIA ADVISORY

“International Responses to Crisis” conference part of University’s “Year of Japan” program

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 13, 2014) — As the world observes the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011, some of Japan’s leading experts in disaster response will discuss the experiences and lessons for the future during an all-day conference at Kennesaw State University March 21.


The “International Responses to Crisis” conference, part of the Kennesaw State Institute for Global Initiative’s “Year of Japan” yearlong country study, will present leaders shaping risk reduction strategies, disaster relief and humanitarian response in the face of natural and man-made crises. Sessions cover basics like providing clean water and energy during emergencies, the environment and sustainability, logistics and humanitarian aid, as well as issues of energy policy and regulation. Special sessions include a planting ceremony for trees descended from one that survived the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima; and a digital image archive of Japan’s 2011 disasters.    


·      Kimio Takeya, senior advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-keynote

·      Tae Namba, director of international relations, Association of Medical Doctors of Asia-keynote

·      Taro Hashimoto and Mikio Yamane, Soka Gakkaiyouth division leaders, Tohoku Region

·      Kenji Tateiwa, manager, Nuclear Power Programs, Tokyo Electric Power Company

·      Bruce Karas, vice president of environment and sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company

·      Chuck Casto, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

·      Joe Ruiz, director, UPS Humanitarian Relief Program

·      Brian Woodall, associate professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Tech


Friday, March 21, 8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Social Sciences (Bldg.  #22) on the Kennesaw State campus, 1000 Chastain Rd., Kennesaw GA 30144  





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