Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Relief

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Relief (143rd report)
Call for Participants for 6 March Activity Briefing
One-year Report on Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Relief
-Realizing child-friendly reconstruction-

*Scheduled for broadcast on USTREAM from 18:00 on 6 March 2012.
(Japanese only)

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[TOKYO, JAPAN, 17 February 2012]

The one-year anniversary of the 11 March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake is approaching. An activity briefing has thus been scheduled for Tuesday, 6 March at the UNICEF House.

Since the 11 March 2011 earthquake, the Japan Committee for UNICEF (JCU) has utilized assistance received from all over the world to extend a diverse range of support to children impacted by the disaster. This support has included the provision of emergency relief supplies such as drinking water and underwear, the provision of stationery and other school supplies in order to expedite the reopening of schools, psychosocial assistance for children with the cooperation of numerous prefectural societies of certified clinical psychologists, assistance for the reconstruction of school lunch centers and children’s libraries, and support so that high school and junior high school students could participate in their inter-school athletic competitions.

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The briefing will include a report by Emergency Assistance Headquarters Program Coordinator Yutaka Kikugawa, who has overseen assistance activities since the beginning. Moreover, there are plans for UNICEF staff with experience in developing countries as well as the Tohoku region to offer their perspective in addition to stories from their work in northern Japan. Mr. Akira Ikegami, a freelance journalist that observed JCU’s assistance operations in Iwate Prefecture in February, will also be providing a video message at the beginning of the briefing. His video report will detail the reconstruction plans currently underway onsite in Tohoku.

A public reading will also be held of the book “Happy Birthday 3.11: The story of 11 babies born into the 11 March disaster and their families”, a story of the children born on the day of the disaster and their families, in addition to a mini concert by Yae. In relations to “Happy Birthday 3.11”, Maya Masai, who had her second child just one week following the disaster, will tell the story of two families. Yae will also be singing her song “Like the nameless flower”, a song that she originally sang in a movie message for JCU.

Special Happy Birthday 3.11 website » (Japanese only)

JCU hopes that this event will serve as an opportunity for people to consider the future of children within the context of child-friendly reconstruction. The event is open to the public. The Japan Committee for UNICEF hopes to see you on the day of the event.

Event Overview

DatesTuesday 6 March 2012
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
・Screening of video report by Mr. Akira Ikegami
・One-year activity report
・The Great East Japan Earthquake as seen by UNICEF and a future outlook
-Reports by UNICEF staff involved in assistance activities
・Reading of “Happy Birthday 3.11”
  Reading by Maya Masai
・Mini concert by Yae

*Programme content is subject to change.
*Kindly note that the event may be recorded by JCU or receive media coverage.

Yae (Singer)
Daughter of the late Toshio Fujimoto and singer Tokiko Kato. Made her singing debut in 2001, and has since garnered respect from a wide-ranging fan base for her powerful voice. She has performed for numerous commercials, written songs, and even sang in theme songs for NHK programmes, the Disney movie “Winnie the Pooh”, and in songs used on other television programmes. Yae has also been active overseas, participating in music festivals in Cuba and the World Peace Music Awards in San Francisco.
Yae provided the theme song for JCU’s video message “Happy Birthday 3.11”.

Maya Masai (freelance announcer)
Born in Mexico and raised in Kobe, after a stint on Fuji TV Ms. Masai has remained active as a freelance announcer. She has served as the main announcer on Nikkei CNBC’s “The Seiji Toron” since 2009 and has overseen Kobunsha’s “VERY” series. Ms. Masai makes appearances across a broad range of media, from TV and radio to magazines. She has two children.
Ms. Masai has participated in various JCU activities in the past, including UNICEF Hand-in-Hand and as an event announcer.
Location1st Floor of the UNICEF House
4-6-12 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo JAPAN 108-8607
7 minutes on foot from JR Shinagawa Station and Takanawadai Station on the Toei Asakusa Line
Click here for more information. (Japanese only)
No. of participantsMaximum 130 (preregister only; however, day-of entrance is permitted depending on open seating)
RegistrationEmail or fax the information below and include “Registration for the Great East Japan Earthquake One-Year Activity Briefing” in your message.
・No. of participants
・Contact (email and phone number)

Send to:
Email: jcuinfo@unicef.or.jp
Fax: 03-5789-2036

*Personal information will only be used for the purposes of this event.
InquiriesInformation & Public Division, Japan Committee for UNICEF
Phone: 03-5789-2016 Email: jcuinfo@unicef.or.jp

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