2013 Program

2013 Participants

Yuhei Suzuki (Tokyo University Class of 2011, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health class of 2013)

Yuhei Suzuki worked as a staff of “tumugiya,” an NPO that was created in response to The Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. He spearheaded two projects in Oshika Peninsula: a local deer horn accessory “OCICA” and food shop “Boppora Shokudo” for job creation and community recovery, collaborating with local women’s groups, professional designers, architects and photographers. He is very motivated to visit disaster-stricken regions in Fukushima and use what he learns to expand this program and plan for future actions.

Kenneth Nakazawa (Columbia University Class of 2014, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai class of 2018)

Kenneth Nakazawa is one of the undergraduate leaders for Consortium for Japan Relief and has been involved in planning events, such as the two-year commemorative symposium, “The Great East Japan Earthquake: Creative Responses and Social Imagination”, and a two-part series called “Beyond Fukushima 2011: An Open-Dialogue Series on a Safe & Sustainable Future”. He is an aspiring physician who is excited to go to Fukushima and learn about disaster medicine, and help contribute to relief efforts and future collaborations.

Yumeko Kawano (University of Pennsylvania Class of 2008, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Class of 2016)

Yumeko Kawano is a first year medical student with a Bachelors degree in English who is active in the Japanese medical community in NYC. She is looking forward to contributing to relief efforts, learning about disaster medicine, and writing about her experiences in Fukushima. If time allows, she hopes to collect stories about the disaster to share to a wider audience.


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