The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Commemorative Event

On March 12, in cooperation with the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, a commemorative event for the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, “Shout Out to Japan”, was held at Teatro ZinZanni.

Events to remember March 11, 2011, have taken place every year for the past five years. This year’s included a screening of a musical by tsunami survivors, "100 Ways to Say Thank You", a video message from survivors, speeches from Japanese dignitaries and emergency preparedness experts, and a sing-a-long of a song from the musical with Tateo Teramoto and Hans Teuber, director of the Teatro ZinZanni band. It closed with Songs of Hope performing the number they have brought to every year’s commemoration.

The Consulate and Washington State Emergency Management had booths offering advice on disaster preparation in the Pacific Northwest for the next Great Earthquake that might come during our own lifetime. Our office also provided an instructional board that showcased recovery update information from Japan’s Reconstruction Agency, with topics such as the “Efforts for Reconstruction of Tohoku” and “Initiatives on Food Safety in Fukushima”.
 
Consul General Omura’s Remarks Video Message from Survivors
 
Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen was in attendance and delivered remarks to the audience of around 200 people. Participants said that the event was a meaningful addition to further strengthen US-Japan relations.