[Day 1  (10:00 ~ 18:00)] 

Opening Remarks (10:15 ~ 11:30):

  1. Akihisa Inoue, President, Tohoku University

  2. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Executive Director, the Japan Foundation for the United Nations University

Keynote Speech (10:15 ~ 11:30):

  1. Torbjörn Lahti    “Development of Disaster-Resistant, Sustainable Town”

  2. (Economist, Environmentalist and Consultant to Natural Step)

Session (11:30 ~ 13:00):

  1. 1)Katsumi Fujii, President, Iwate University: “Rebuilding at community level based on social diversity and ecosystems”  

  2. 2)Fumihiko Imamura, Professor, Disaster Control Research Center, Tohoku University Graduate School of Engineering: “New aspects of tsunami management and town development”

  3. 3)Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice President, United Nations University: “Rebuilding after the earthquake: reviving the satoyama/satoumi system”

Panel Discussion (14:30 ~ 16:30):


  1. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice President, the United Nations University


  1. Toshio Torii, Director, the Tohoku Regional Environment Office, Ministry of the Environment

  2. “How the Sanriku Fukko National Park should contribute to rebuilding after the earthquake”
    Masahito Enomoto, Division Chief, Division of Environment Policy, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries “Rebuilding after the earthquake: measures taken by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries”
    Shozo Kazami, Professor, Miyagi University Graduate School of Project Design

  3. “Local resource management based on communities for creative rebuilding.”
    Arata Hirakawa, Professor, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University

  4. “A crisis for traditional culture – the shock of the earthquake”
    Tohru Nakashizuka, Professor, Tohoku University Graduate School of Life Sciences

  5. “Tohoku Green Renaissance.”

Short Nature Film and Talk (16:50 – 17:20):

  1. “Winter-Flooded Rice Paddies in Tohoku with Geese Returning to Roost on Kabukuri-Numa Pond”

Report from Student Volunteers (17:20 ~ 18:00):

Closing Remarks:

  1. Toshio Iijima, Professor, Tohoku University Graduate School of Life Sciences 

Informal Meeting (Refreshments) (18:10~):

  1. ¥2,000 (¥1,000 for students)

[Day 2  (10:00 ~ 17:00)] Excursion to Disaster Area (applicants only)

Co-ordinator: Shigeki Iwabuchi, NPO Rice Paddies Network Japan

Meeting Place: Sendai Station

Transportation: Bus

Free Participation (registration required: please pay for lunch)

*Details to be announced

Sites to visit:

  1. Gamo Tidal Flat: Observation of damage to the coastal ecosystem

  1. Kirin Beer Factory: resumption of operations after damage by the tsunami

  1. Rice Paddies in Watanoha, Ishinomaki: Observation of damage to pine forest and the revival of rice paddies

10:00~18:00 16th Feb 2012 (Thu) (Open 9:30)

Venue:            Sakura Hall, Tohoku University
                        Aobaku Katahira 2-1-1, Sendai


Language:    Japanese (Consecutive Interpretation into Japanese for keynote speech)

Participation: Free (Registration required) Registration has been closed.

Hosts: Tohoku University, United Nations University, Japan Foundation for the United Nations University

Cooperating Universities: Iwate University, Miyagi University, Miyagi University of Education, Fukushima University, Tohoku Gakuin University, Tohoku Institute of Technology, Ishinomaki Senshu University

Supporters: Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai City, Tohoku Economic Foundation, the Chambers of Commerce of the six Tohoku Prefectures, Revival University-Disaster Volunteer Station.

Tohoku Global Seminar

After the Earthquake:
Rebuilding Ecosystem Adaptability