Hope Step Japan! is a platform for learning, sharing and discussing our future, reflecting on Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami of 2011. Our annual event takes place this year at the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam on Sunday 8th March 11:00-18:30. Through lectures, screenings and activities, Hope Step Japan! is an opportunity to learn about issues such as people’s real experiences, radiation exposure in the affected areas and alternative energy developments. We aim to create an event which reflects on the disaster allows us to think about our individual actions for the future.
A lecture by Ryugo Hayano, an atomic physicist at Tokyo University, is the highlight of the event. His recent book, “Shiro to suru koto”, has drawn much attention in Japan. In it, Hayano states that radiation levels in Fukushima are much less than Chernobyl. Does this mean that Fukushima is now safe? With so many different stories today, it is difficult to know for sure what the truth is. By inviting Hayano, we can learn from his scientific research and personal experience about the situation of people in damaged areas. We believe that it is important to know what remains dangerous and discuss what can be done from the Netherlands. Alongside lectures, there will be alternative-energy workshops, information booths from support groups, Japanese food stands and performances. We close our event with a film screening of “Super Local Hero” (90min, director: Toshinori Tanaka, English subtitles).
Enjoy your Sunday with family and friends by learning, discussing, tasting and chatting at Hope Step Japan! and also in the beautiful Lloyd Hotel cafe. It is time to reflect on the Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami of four years ago and think about our future together. We hope to see you on Sunday 8th March!
*Program subject to alterations. Please check our website for more information.
Dr. Ryugo Hayano is a professor in the department of physics at the University of Tokyo. His specialization is particle physics and he studies antimatter at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). He has been doing a lot of volunteer activities taking a scientific approach to the Great East Japan Earthquake (March 11, 2011). In addition, these results have been broadcasted on Twitter(@hayano), which has 120,000 followers. A book and papers regarding his activities have been published recently. (“Shiro to suru koto”「知ろうとすること。」)