March 7, 2013

MEXT in cooperation with various relevant organizations has been involved in several restoration and reconstruction assistance activities following the March 11th Great East Japan Earthquake.
As we approach the second year since the March 11th earthquake, MEXT and relevant organizations have organized a publicity event which aims to review and deepen the public's understanding of the post-earthquake assistance activities being carried out in disaster-affected areas. The event further aims to prevent the decline of post-earthquake assistance, and to help stimulate support with a vision for a way forward.

1. Theme

MEXT Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance Event -How Education and Research Organizations Can Help / The Way Forward-

(1) Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance Forum
(2) Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance Film / Panel Exhibit

2. Date and Time

(1) Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance Forum

Date: Monday, 11 March, 2013
Time: 11:00 – 15:00

(2) Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance Film / Panel Exhibit

Date: Monday, 11 March, 2013
Time: 11:00 – 18:00
*The Film and Panel Exhibit will be held until Friday, 15 March for some participating organizations.

3. Location

3-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
MEXT office building area

(1) Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance Forum

In front of MEXT office building area, Kasumi Terrace central square

(2) Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance Film / Panel Exhibit

1) In front of MEXT office building (West side) 2nd floor lobby
2) In front of MEXT office building (East side) open space in front of 2nd floor entrance
3) MEXT 2nd floor entrance P.R. area
*For 3) above, only visitors on a business call to MEXT may observe the exhibit

4. Sponsors (Participating Organizations)

-MEXT

-Agency for Cultural Affairs (Reconstruction Promotion Consortium utilizing Culture and Art)

-National Universities

Hokkaido University, Muroran Institute of Technology, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, National University Corporation Kitami Institute of Technology, Hirosaki University, Iwate University, Tohoku University, Miyagi University of Education, Yamagata University, Fukushima University, Ibaraki University, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba University of Technology, Utsunomiya University, Gunma University, University of Tokyo, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Ochanomizu University, Niigata University, Joetsu University of Education, Kanazawa University, University of Fukui, University of Yamanashi, Shinshu University, Shizuoka University, Aichi University of Education, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Kyoto University, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kobe University, Hiroshima University, Yamaguchi University, Kagawa University, Kochi University, Kyushu University, Kumamoto University, Oita University, Kagoshima University

-Inter-University Research Institute Corporation

National Institute for the Humanities (National Museum of Japanese History)
National Institute of Natural Sciences (National Institute of Basic Biology)
Research Organization of Information and Systems (Transdisciplinary Research Integration Center, Institute of Statistical Mathematics)

-Independent Administrative Corporations

National Women's Education Center of Japan, National Museum of Nature and Science, National Institute for Materials Science, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, RIKEN, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan Atomic Energy Agency

-Relevant Organizations

The Japan Association of National Universities

5. Program Summary

(1) Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance Forum

A booth will be set up for each participating organization. Teachers, students and relevant parties directly working on-site in the disaster-affected areas will describe their activities and results in detail by utilizing panels and films to deepen and enlighten people's understanding of post-earthquake reconstruction assistance.
*Each participating booth will introduce their activities along with various demonstrations.
*Participants of the event will receive items from participating organizations.
*Please note that at 14:46 PM, the exact time when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit, all participants will be asked to offer a minute of silence.

(2) Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance Film and Panel Exhibit

Both inside the MEXT office building and outside in the surrounding open spaces, each participating organization will present films and panels describing their assistance activities in order to deepen and enlighten the nation's understanding of their post-earthquake reconstruction assistance.
*Please note that at 14:46 PM, the exact time when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit, all participants will be asked to offer a minute of silence.

6. How to participate

This event is open to anyone interested. Items distributed by the participating organizations are free of charge. For those interested, please directly visit the aforementioned venues.

7. Others

This event will be held outdoors. Please note that the date of the event may either change or be cancelled due to weather conditions. In case of rain, MEXT will hold a scaled-down version of the event. Please call the undermentioned contact number for confirmation.

Contacts:

MEXT Minister's Secretariat, Management and Coordination Division, Office for Public Relations and Press

Unit Chief, Hiroshi Arai (ext.2170)
Officer, Daisuke Miyamoto (ext.3045)
Telephone: 03-6734-2170 (direct)
Fax: 03-3593-7163
Email: hiroba@mext.go.jp

(Office for Public Relations and Press, Management and Coordination Division, Minister's Secretariat)