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The 11th Kyoto University Global Environmental Forum Community and School Based Communication for Disaster Prevention

Date: November 5, 2011
Venue: International Exchange Hall III, Clock Tower Centennial Hall, Kyoto University, Japan

Organized by:
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Co-organized by:
Kyoto University Global COE Program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"

Number of attendants: Approximately 70

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The objective of this forum is to discuss the power of community, the role of schools as the community centers, new forms of volunteer aid. These are all found important during the recovery process from the Great East Japan Earthquake. We have invited four speakers to deepen our understanding these important issues in disaster communication. After the four presentations, a panel discussion was held for further discussion.


First, Assoc. Prof. Shaw made a presentation entitled “Disaster prevention in community and school: lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake.” He reviewed the characteristics of this disaster and damages in school, and emphasized the importance of the linkage between school and community with many examples. Then, Mr. Yukihiko Oikawa, a member of the school board of Kesannuma City talked about the post-disaster situation, the process for resuming their school, the importance of school in community, and the linkage with community for disaster prevention education. Assoc. Prof. Nagata made a presentation on pairing support, emphasizing the importance of flexible and open human networks. Lastly, Prof. Okada showed various examples on community-based communication.
In the following panel discussion, the panel received may questions from the audience. It was a great opportunity for us to exchange information and opinions on various issues related to the earthquake and disaster prevention.