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Events - 03.10.2021

Be Prepared! Lessons Learned on Readiness and Resilience

In Commemoration of the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquakes and Tsunami

Date & Time

03.10.2021 (Wed.), 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM (PST)
03.11.2021 (Thu.), 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM (Japan Time)





Take Survey

Due to its climate and topography, Japan is prone to natural disasters (a topic introduced through the “Designing with Disaster” exhibition), and throughout history it has experienced more than its fair share of typhoons, floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

In this complimentary webinar entitled, “Be Prepared! Lessons Learned on Readiness and Resilience,” a panel of experts and a survivor of one of the strongest earthquakes in history shared how best to prepare for and survive a natural disaster. The event was especially timely as we commemorated the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquakes and Tsunami and consider the recent ranking of the County of Los Angeles by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the riskiest county in the United States for natural disasters.

Attendees heard a first-hand account of surviving a catastrophic 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. They will learn about the recovery and rebuilding work in progress in Japan in the 10 years since 2011. That was followed by presentations from top experts in the field of natural disasters and a panel discussion covering the key tactics to take before, during, and after a disaster to survive it.

The program was emceed by Yuko Kaifu, President of JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, and moderated by David Ono, award-winning news anchor of ABC7. It includes both English and Japanese translations.

*To watch the video in full screen, please click on the image above, then click on the YouTube icon on the lower right-hand corner.

Recording Available

The recording can be viewed within this event page or on the official JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles YouTube Channel.


David Ono
Award-winning Anchor, ABC 7 News

Featured Speakers

Dr. Lucy Jones
Founder, the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society

Daryl L. Osby
Fire Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Hon. Kimiaki Toda
Mayor, the City of Ofunato, Iwate, Japan

Larry Collins
Deputy Chief, Special Operations, Fire & Rescue, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Kevin McGowan
Director, Office of Emergency Management, County of Los Angeles

Masako Unoura
Founder, Love to Nippon Project

Co-hosted by

Love to Nippon and JAPAN HOUSE LA logo


Supported by

CGJLA logo

CoLAFD logo

Aratani Foundation logo


JASSC logo

Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California logo

Nichibei Fujinkai logo

Japan Business Association of Southern California logo

This webinar is the first program of a two-part commemoration event organized by the Love to Nippon Project in recognition of the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquakes and Tsunami. The second program, also complimentary, is entitled “Words of Love and Hope to Japan” and will be held on March 10, 2021 from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PST). If you would like more details about the second program, please contact

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