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March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Tohoku Rokkonsai in Sendai City (2011), just four months after the earthquake. To recapture the popularity of the Tohoku region each of the six prefectures closely worked together to combine their major summer festivals into one large event that rotated each year. After Sendai City, Tohoku Rokkonsai was also held in Morioka City (2012), Fukushima City (2013) and in Yamagata City (2014) attracting over 1 million people.
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About the Program
Since March 15, 2012, we have continuously organized an annual program on the pace of recovery and the challenges that the Tohoku region faces since The Great East Japan Earthquake. Each and every program has featured authentic voices from Tohoku, the northeast region of Japan. These voices are from Japanese and Americans who are contributing to the recovery; who can explain to us what their experiences have been and what their future expectations are for their region. For us in Chicago, it’s one way to keep in touch, to stay updated and importantly to keep strong our bond of friendship with Japan. This will be our tenth annual program, TOHOKU UPDATE and it faithfully follows those programs that have set a precedent in presenting first-hand insights to the work that is being done to build a positive future.
About the Speakers
Takashi Kamikura, Director Economic Affairs, Industry Promotion Section – City of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
Takashi Kamikura has a high level of managerial experience in city government which includes ICT human resource development and business improvement activities. Mr. Kamikura will present about innovation in disaster prevention through industry-academia-government collaboration. He will discuss ways to reduce the risk of global disasters through the formation of BOSAI-TECH innovation.
Shinji Takada, Chief Executive Officer, Yamanaka Inc., – Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture
Shinji Takada is the CEO and Founder of Yamanaka Inc., a specialized distributor of highest quality marine products to Japan’s domestic market and globally, including the United States. Mr. Takada will present on the challenge’s fisheries continue to endure 10 years after the disaster and the business opportunities he sees for selling Hoya (Sea Squirt) in the Korean markets in the U.S.
Hiroyuki Karahashi, President, Homare Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. – Kitakata City, Fukushima Prefecture
Hiroyuki Karahashi is the president of Homare Sake Brewery Co. Ltd. or also known as Aizu Homare Sake Brewery. Mr. Karahashi will be presenting on his experience concerning the earthquake and ways to overcome the business stigma of the earthquake.
Ryoichi Ito, Director General of Tohoku and Chief Director of JETRO Sendai, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
Ryoichi Ito is the Chief Director of JETRO Sendai. He has worked in several different JETRO offices including in Manila, Yamagata, and Hong Kong. Mr. Ito will give a geographic orientation and provide an economic overview of the Tohoku region.
Special thanks to our co-organizers:
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Tohoku Update: Overcoming Challenges and Developing New Business Opportunities