Back in the U.S., images of Japan’s northeastern region began to illustrate the tsunami’s damage to property and agriculture, in addition to human loss. After the dust settled, another urgent threat emerged — explosions at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Next, temperatures dropped to near freezing as power was cut off to hundreds of thousands of households.
Mari Watanabe is back in Portland and will share her experiences from the last week. She’ll be joined by residents of the Pacific Northwest who felt compelled to provide help to their loved ones and show compassion for a nation in need. And by business leaders and university students who have organized vigils, fund raisers and other events in response to the tragedy.
How was your business affected by the earthquake in Japan? How did you reach out to your loved ones there? Have you been inspirted to contribute to the relief effort and in what way?
- Mari Watanabe: Executive director of Oregon Nikkei Endowment
- Serena Okawa: Japanese exchange student attending Lewis & Clark College
- Junki Yoshida: CEO of Yoshida Group
- Sho Dozono: Chief executive of Azumano Travel
- Linda Isako Angst: Lewis & Clark College assistant professor of anthropology