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"Japan-Canada Policy Dialogue on Democracy, Diversity, and Disasters: From Ottawa to Tokyo"

On March 14th, 2014, Embassy of Canada, in collaboration with the Japan-Canada Interdisciplinary Research Network on Gender, Diversity and Tohoku Reconstruction (JCIRN), will hold a "Japan-Canada Policy Dialogue on Democracy, Diversity, and Disasters." This is the sister event to the "Japan-Canada Policy Dialogue on Risk Governance", which was hosted by the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa on February 6, 2014.

The triple disaster of the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown was the cause of tragic destruction and trauma for Japan. At the same time, this moment in history has created windows of opportunity for deepened democratization, critical thinking about gender, diversity and social vulnerability, and for diverse women's leadership in rebuilding Tohoku and Japan.

Marking the third anniversary of 3.11, and looking forward to the UN Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai in 2015, this two-hour session features presentations and discussion with policy experts, decision-makers and opinion-leaders from Japan, Canada, and the UN, providing an opportunity to reflect upon the lessons of the past three years and explore new avenues for women's empowerment through Tohoku reconstruction.

Guest Speakers:

Mr. Kouichi Tani
Senior Vice Minister for Reconstruction

Ms. Tomoko Samura
Director-General, Gender Equality Bureau, Cabinet Office

Dr. Marika Morris
Adjunct Professor, Carleton University

Ms. Hang Thi Thanh Pham
Head, Asia-Pacific Office, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

Ms. Akiko Domoto
Representative, Japan Women's Network for Disaster Risk Reduction

Dr. Sunhee Lee
Post-doctoral Fellow, Tohoku University

Ms. Miwa Musashino
Rikuzentakata, Iwate

Time: Friday, March 14, 2014, 15:00 – 17:00

Location: Embassy of Canada Oscar Peterson Theatre

Language: Japanese/English (simultaneous interpretation available)

Admission: Free – advance registration required

Organizer: Embassy of Canada

Registration: Please register by e-mail by March 13, 2014, clearly indicating the information requested below.

  1. Name
  2. Organization/school
  3. Address
  4. E-mail address
  5. Names of guests accompanying

Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section
Tel: 03-5412-6305, Fax: 03-5412-6249



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