Hope Step Japan! 2015 at Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam

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A platform for learning, sharing, discussing our future

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!

Ryugo Hayano’s slides from the lecture “Fukushima accident – a personal recollection of an “antimatter” physicist”

Hope Step Japan! 2015

Sunday 8 March 2015
11:00 — 18:30
@ Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy
Oostelijke Handelskade 34, Amsterdam
Tram 26 “Rietlandpark”


11.00 Opening
11.10 Skype talk | “Spreading the Small Hydraulic Power and Natural Energy from the villages and town all over Japan: the present situation and the challenges” by Masaru Nakajima, the secretary-general of J-WatER (Japanese Water Energy Research Center)
12.30 Skype talk | “The Situation in Fukushima and Japan’s Energy Policy” by Akiko Yoshida, Friends of the Earth Japan
14.00 Performance | “The interview for fuurtes” by Niko Bocev, Philip Versluis, Hikaru Angelopoulos, Ayumi Matsuda
14.45 Presentation | “Fukushima Accident — a personal recollection of an ‘antimatter’ physicist“ by Ryugo Hayano (Slides)
16.00 Discussion | “How do we reach ‘actual facts’?” with Ryugo Hayano

17.00 Screening | Film “Super Local Hero (90 min, director: Toshinori Tanaka, English subtitles)

*There will be Q & A after each talk


Workshop | “Jumping-Power Plant” by Team HSJ
Report | “Four years after Fukushima: Chronicle and Movies of Gloomy Truth” by HSJ accusation team
Photo exhibition | “Animals left inside the no-go zone and people who help them” by Animal Rights for Japan
Hope Step Market | Various yummy food and creative goods! Also check out delicious new menu in the Lloyd restaurant.
Opening of exhibition | “Repairing Earthquake Project” by Nishiko (The exhibition is on view till 22 March)

*Program subject to alterations. Please check our website for more information.

Special Guest

Ryugo Hayano

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。」)

Ryugo Hayano’s slides from the lecture is online! “Fukushima accident – a personal recollection of an “antimatter” physicist”

Hope Step Market


Make a reservation to make sure to get Malicafe’s lunch box!

Animal rights for japan (Photo presentation, food etc.)
Fatto81 (Greeting cards)
Katsumi (Sushi)
Kusamochi onigiri corner (Kusamochi and Onigiri)
Malicafe Lunch&catering (Lunch box)
Silent Witnesses (Photo-book about chermobyl)
Sukeroku zushi (Sushi)
Wise International (Information desk for wise)
Yukinohana (Handmade zakka from Tohoku)
Yworld (Jewelry)
Hope Step Japan! (Donation corner and original goods)

Hope Step Japan! 2015 has been made possible through the generous support of LLOYD HOTEL, Wise International, Ayumi Higuchi, Malicafe, Lutzug, Toshinori Tanaka (Super Local Hero) and donors. Special thanks to: Rachel Bakon, Jill Brown, Ono Hiroshi, Tashi Iwaoka, Sato Keiko, Ito Makiko, Sachi Miyachi, Lance Munford, Ishizaka Nao, Masaaki & Yoshie Oyamada, Juri Suzuki, Harpo t Hart, Hamano Takako, Iwaoka Tashi, Shinagawa Uno, Arakawa Utako, Hanneke Versluis, Tangena Yukari, Hayashi Yurie, Taniguchi Yuriko.