A Friday for Japan

Friday, March 14, 2014
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We invite you to join us on Friday afternoon March 14th, to remember the people of Tohoku and the remarkable volunteer spirit that aided in the recovery from The Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011!

*Tohoku - The northeast region of Japan's main island and the region most greatly affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

*Kizuna - the bonds or the connections between people in the sense of friendship.  The word came to the forefront following the disasters in 2011 as people around the world offered support to Japan. Locally, through the generosity of Hoosiers and Japanese throughout Indiana, the Japan-America Society of Indiana raised nearly $900,000 in support for earthquake relief in Tohoku. 

Registration: 11:30pm
Luncheon: Noon
JETRO Kizuna Presentation: 12:30-1:30pm
Tohoku Tomo Documentary Premiere: 1:30-2:30pm

The Columbia Club
121 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46204


JETRO Kizuna Presentation:
Japan's Economy and the Recovery of Tohoku

w/ Special Guest:
Ms. Keiko Yanai, Deputy Consul General, Consul General of Japan at Chicago

The Consulate General of Japan at Chicago and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Chicago office, in partnership with the Japan-America Society of Indiana and the Indiana Japan Chamber, will host a special presentation on Friday, March 14th in Indianapolis. The even is being presented in commemoration of the 3rd Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and will examine the state of Japan's recovery, both at the national level and in the areas affected by the disaster.

The program will feature Ms. Akiko Nakagawa, a native of Fukushima, who was working at JETRO's office in Sendai at the time of The Great East Japan Earthquake. Ms. Nakagawa will share her personal account of the earthquake and tsunami and the effect it had on the region's people. She will also talk about the progress of the recovery and the challenges faced by local industries, especially the manufacturing, agriculture and fishing sectors.

Mr. Ichiro Soné of JETRO Chicago will provide an update on the progress of Abenomics, the economic reform measures put forth by Prime MInister Shinzo Abe. He will also speak about the major structural changes the Japan economy will soon undertake.


Tohoku Tomo:
Indiana Premiere

Tohoku Tomo is a documentary film telling the story of true friendship and commitment to Japan's recovery by the international community following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Countless people dropped what they were doing and dedicated themselves to Japan's recovery. Many of them even took it upon themselves to establish non-profit organizations aimed at connecting with and rebuilding Tohoku and its communities. At the core of all these organizations are individualts - people connected and committed to the Tohoku region. These founders and volunteers are true friends of Tohoku. They are, in Japanese, Tohoku Tomo. For more information, visit www.TohokuTomo.com

The documentary was made with the hardwork of:
- Wesley Julian - Director & Producer
- Daniel Martin - Associate Producer & Translation
- Elizabeth Gordon - Associate Producer & Screenwriter
- Philip Holbrook - Director of Photography
- Tim Schraeder - Design & Marketing
- Overcoast Music LLC - Music & Sound Design