Kizuna Program 5th Anniversary, Thursday, 10th

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Kizuna Program 5th Anniversary, Thursday, 10th

Creating a New Tohoku:
Firsthand Observations on its Recovery and an Update on the Economy – Insights on the Fifth Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Thursday, March 10
Registration Starts 11:30am
Event starts at Noon

Macalester College
Harmon Room
DeWitt Wallace Library
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

About the Program: 
To commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake, we are honored to present a special program on the progress being made in northeastern Japan, featuring a keynote address by Akihiro Ohyama, Chairman and CEO, IRIS USA.; and Ichiro Soné, Chief Executive Director, JETRO Chicago.


Speaker: Ichiro Soné, the Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago, will set the pace and tone of the program by presenting you with an in-depth review of the progress of the economic and business recovery of  the Tohoku region. He will also describe what many are calling a New Tohoku.

Keynote Speaker: Akihiro Ohyama,  a native of Sendai City, is the Chairman and CEO of IRIS USA Inc., located in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.   His parent company IRIS Ohyama, one of most innovative household products companies in Japan has its headquarters in Sendai City, the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture.   The company  carries an astounding  15,000 products with 1,000 new products created on an annual basis.   The Great East Japan Earthquake had a major impact on Sendai City and IRIS Ohyama.  He will explain the challenges that his city and company had to meet each day and he will also share his insights on the recovery and the progress that society has achieved during these past five years.

Speaker: John Olvera is a senior consulting engineer and Manager of Risk Analysis for Atkins Nuclear Solutions US, a subsidiary of Atkins Global based in the UK. Mr. Olvera has 35 years of experience in nuclear safety analysis, Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA), fire risk analysis, and safe shutdown analysis in the nuclear power industry. His experience includes accident and risk analysis for commercial nuclear plants and Department of Energy facilities. He has performed fire risk assessments for several US nuclear plants, including numerous walk down inspections. For the past year and a half, he has lead the Atkins team that has been assisting TEPCO in reviewing the current state of fire protection safe shutdown at the Fukushima Daiichi site.

It is free admission, but the seating is limited. You must reserve your space for this event. Please make sure to RSVP at the link here.  For questions, please contact the Japan America Society of Minnesota at 612-627-9357.