Remembering March 11

We would like to thank all the participants who came out on March 8th to the Earthquake Preparedness Workshop commemorating the seventh anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster.

Today, we would like to express our deepest condolences and sympathy to the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and to the people still facing difficulty in the affected areas on this seventh memorial.

With the passage of time, sometimes it feels natural to forget the initial fear and sense of urgency to prepare for earthquakes in Japan. However, we believe that the lessons from the unprecedented disaster should be remembered and embraced in order to save lives in the future.

Since our first charity event in May of 2011, WaNavi Japan has been providing Earthquake Preparedness Workshops to international residents by covering critical knowledge, information, and survival Japanese language lessons, and have aspired to empower international residents to protect themselves and their families in the face of an earthquake disaster. We have reached out to over 3,000 people at various international schools, universities, corporations, embassies, and municipalities all over Japan.

Seven years ago today, we all felt helpless before the great forces of nature. However, by coming together from many nationalities and cultural backgrounds, we formed a diverse team, and with the support of experts in seismology and disaster prevention, we created a workshop that truly meets the needs of international residents. Our knowledge on Earthquake Preparedness has also been shared overseas in the Himalayan regions of India.

Through all of our activities, what we have realized is that “Bosai (Disaster Prevention)” is a unique form of Japanese culture. For the people of Japan who have been striving to live in an environment full of natural disasters since the beginning of their history, “Bosai” is a valuable aspect of Japanese culture that can be shared with the world.

We envision a dynamic society where people understand and appreciate cultural diversity and proactively support one another. As a nonprofit organization with members from diverse cultural backgrounds, we will continue to work together to realize our vision, and to keep the lessons learnt from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster alive to prepare for the future.

Again, our hearts go out to the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. We hope everyone will take some time today to commemorate this event and to think about what you need to do to prepare for earthquake disasters in Japan.

The WaNavi Japan Team

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