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Assistance for the Great East Japan Earthquake

Efforts to Support Reconstruction

In addition to holding symposiums for social action based on the university's "Knowledge," Toyo University supports reconstruction work through various efforts, such as seminars, circles, and volunteer work.

Social Activities based on Our "Knowledge"

Emergency Symposium "Consideration of Issues Raised by the Great East Japan Earthquake"

Emergency Symposium

As a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake, many people experienced great anxiety. An emergency symposium was held in order to accurately identify and understand the issues that arose from the disaster.



  • "Three-Night Emergency Symposium" (April 26 to 28, 2011)
  • "Two-Night Emergency Symposium" (May 31 and June 1, 2011)

→ Details here (Japanese)

Reconstruction Policy Recommendations based on PPP

Policy Recommendations

Immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Toyo University PPP Research Center quickly established the Earthquake Disaster Countermeasure Team and began operations. Based on the viewpoint of PPP (Public/Private Partnership), objective and scientific proposals to achieve reconstruction with "Minimum Time and Minimum Cost" were provided.

Activities by Faculties and Seminars

Lunchtime Seminars at the Faculty of Regional Development Studies

Lunchtime Seminars

Seminars were held during lunch by volunteer teachers from the Faculty of Regional Development Studies, based on their areas of expertise and experience, in order to accurately understand reconstruction after the disaster and to consider possible actions.

Photo of a lecture given by department dean Toshinobu Fujii on July 8, 2011

The "Dante Project" by the Faculty of Human Life Design

Dante Project

Volunteer students from the Faculty of Human Life Design, Department of Human Environment Design, sent handmade "Cardboard Tables" (nicknamed "Dante") made from three layers of reinforced cardboard to approximately 1,200 residents of Futaba-Machi in Fukushima Prefecture who evacuated to the former Kisai High School in Kazo City, Saitama Prefecture. This "Dante Project" spread throughout Japan, and these support activities were then promoted in collaboration with hospitals.

Photo of students eagerly participating in table construction in a crafts room in April, 2011

Efforts to Support Single Mothers and their Children in the Disaster Area through "Summer Respite Deeds"

Summer Respite Deeds

In order to provide rest and opportunities to share to single mothers and their children in the disaster area, "Summer Respite Deeds" (hosted by the NPO, Single Mothers Forum) was held at the university's Fujimi Kougen Seminar House. Professors in child welfare, medicine, and psychology from the Graduate School of Welfare Society Design, with the participation of graduate school volunteers with qualifications as childcare workers, nurses, and social welfare counselors. Efforts to support children and their parents in the disaster area were also carried out.

Volunteer Student Activities

Tokyo Metropolitan Area / Student Disaster Reconstruction Support Team

Student Disaster Reconstruction Support Team

This team was established by our university students to connect disaster victims and students, and the disaster area and the Tokyo Metropolitan Area based on a long-term viewpoint. This organization is operated directly by the students, and faced various obstacles in addition to the volunteer activities, such as organization management and collaboration with the disaster site. Their achievements were presented at various high schools and throughout the region.

Fair Trade Sales to Support the Disaster Area

Fair Trade Sales

The "Heart Bazaar" Fair Trade Circle provides support to the disaster area through fair trade sales. Fairs were held at each campus to bring benefits, not only to the disaster area, but also to developing countries. Continuous support activities are also planned.


Regional Support Projects by the Faculty of Regional Development Studies

Regional Support Projects

Teachers and students with expertise in community development and regional improvement implemented projects such as sales of safe agricultural products from areas suffering from harmful rumors, and serving meals made from vegetables and rice from these areas at the university cafeteria to support disaster areas (Fukushima, Ibaraki, Miyagi, and Iwate).

Campus Market

Campus Market

To help areas struggling from "harmful rumors," university students sold safe vegetables, rice, miso, and processed products produced by people in Aizubange-Machi, Fukushima Prefecture with the support of many people.
(May 31 and June 1, 2011)