Sheraton Boston-Back Bay B (Second Level), 39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199
8:00pm to 10:00pm
Host: Barbara Ambros, University of North Carolina Panelists: Levi McLaughlin, North Carolina State University Christopher Ives, Stonehill College Mayu Nakamura, Independent Filmmaker, Tokyo, Japan
About the Film: Nakamura Mayu’s Alone in Fukushima documents a year in the life of fifty-five-year-old Matsumura Naoto, a resident of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. After the triple disaster of March 11, 2011—a massive earthquake followed by a tsunami and a nuclear meltdown, Matsumura has remained behind in his deserted hometown of Tomioka City next to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor. There, Matsumura looks after animals that were abandoned in the wake of the disaster. While Matsumura has received considerable media attention in Europe and America, where he has become a messianic icon of animal rights and the anti-nuclear movement, the Japanese media have virtually ignored him. Nakamura’s documentary portrays Matsumura as a complex character who is resisting the erasure of his hometown while struggling for survival alongside the non-human inhabitants of the evacuation zone. Alone in Fukushima raises important ethical questions about interspecies becoming and the vulnerability of life in the Anthropocene.
This screening is a part of American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting 2017. Those who are affiliated with the Reischauer Institute will be able to attend the event regardless of whether they are not AAR members or registered for the conference.
AAR Boston Films Focus on Sustainability co-sponsored by Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
KAZUHIRO YAMASHITA, Canon Institute for Global Studies ANOWAR ISLAM, University of Wyoming MOTOKO MUKAI, Cornell University LAURENT ADAMOWICZ, Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation THEODORE C. BESTOR, Harvard University
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Sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Consulate General of Japan in Boston, United Japanese researchers Around the world, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.
4:00pm to 5:45pm
MARY BRINTON Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University YOSHIO HIGUCHI Professor, Department of Business and Commerce, Keio University MARGARITA ESTEVEZ-ABE Visiting Senior Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Associate Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University PAUL CHANG Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Moderator: Susan J. Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Co-sponsored by Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies; Korea Institute; Japan Society of Boston.
K262 Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS Knafel Bldg., 1737 Cambridge St.
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MARGARITA ESTEVEZ-ABE Visiting Senior Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Associate Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Moderator: Susan J. Pharr Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations presentation Co-sponsored by the Korea Institute
Morgan Courtroom, Austin Hall 308 Harvard Law School
12:00pm to 1:30pm
CURTIS MILHAUPT Parker Professor of Comparative Corporate Law and Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law Director, Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies, Columbia Law School
East Asian Legal Studies 50+ Lunchtime Talk Series Co-sponsored by Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and the Program on US-Japan Relations
About the exhibition: This exhibition of a selection of projects by Toru Mitani and firm, Studio on Site, is about how small things have a significant, perceptual impact on diffuse landscapes. Over the past two decades, Mitani’s work has explored how perception is altered through minute dimensional changes in the prosaic components of everyday landscapes. Incremental variations in the heights and widths of curbs, in the rim of a drain, or the trimming of foliage, when repeated across space, induce shifts in perception intended to make the landscape intensely vibrant and present. Projects by Mitani on display include his Okutama Forest Therapy, Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and Machida City Hall projects, among 14 total projects in the exhibition.
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