April 6, 2023
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 20, 2016) — Macalester College presents the Kizuna program 2016, “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” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016, in the Harmon Room of the DeWitt Wallace Library, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m.

This event free. However, Seats are limited.  RSVP IS REQUIRED.

Presented by Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in cooperation with the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago,JETAAMN, and the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee

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. Also John Olvera, Senior Consulting Engineer and Manager of Risk Analysis for Atkins Nuclear Solutions US

Speakers of Kizuna program
Ichiro Soné, the Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago, will set the pace and tone of the program by giving a brief update on the progress of Abenomics and how the policies are designed to sustain the economy of the Tohoku region.

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.

John 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 Tokyo Electric Power Company in reviewing the current state of fire protection safe shutdown at the Fukushima Daiichi site.

Yoshiyuki Takasago: Deputy Director General of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Department of Miyagi Prefecture


Registration Now Available Online

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If you have any questions or need additional information, please call the JASM office at 612.627.9357 or contact us via e-mail at

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