SANRIKU Fieldwork 2017: Disaster Management

Filed in News by on November 7, 2016

We are now calling for participants in Sanriku Fieldwork scheduled in March, 2017

 About the Fieldwork

The fieldwork is an excellent opportunity for students to capture with their own eyes what happened during Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 and its aftermath until today in Sanriku. The round of fieldwork concentrates on investigating the current situations of the elementary and junior high school along the scoastal areas from Kesennuma to Natori that were hit by the tsunami in 2011.

Before the fieldwork, the students will be prepared with knowledge about the Great East Japan Earthquake, the update on local situations, the accounts of those who die, those who survived and those whose daily life was completely turned upside down after the tragic happenings.  During the fieldwork, students will have a chance to visit and observe the places that suffered  great losses of lives, and if possible, talk to those who have intimate experience of what happened to the areas and to the people they know.. These local witnesses’ accounts should help the students either to reinforce or correct their initial impressions about the disaster situations as well as the people living in disaster-prone areas.

While at the field, it is required that students keep appropriate manner when in contact with the local people who have gone through sufferings after 2011.

Locations: Tohoku region (Kesennuma to Natori)

 Time: March 2-11, 2017

 Language Requirement: English

Target and Capacity: The fieldwork is for both undergraduate and graduate students from EBA partner universities and from Keio University

Selection process 


       Both undergraduates and graduate students (who are able to communicate in English) are eligible for the program. All you have to do is:

  • Fill out APPLICATION FORM (from: in English
  • Write an 300-word essay stating your interest in the theme of the fieldwork (either in English or Japanese)

Then submit these two materials to with subject: “Sanriku Fieldwork 2017 Application- Your Name”.

The deadline is 23:59 JST, Monday, January 16, 2017. Screening result will be announced in the following week.

Costs: Students pay your own travel expenses(the fee of transportation and accommodation) (to de decided)

 FOR ASEAN STUDENTS EBA local contacts (see list here)  will have a separate announcement and selection process.

*Please note that we do not accept application from individual students without the acknowledgement of their school.

Proposed Schedule (subject to changes)

March 2nd
Arrive in Japan and stay at Hiyoshi Collaboration Complex, Keio University
March 3th
Japanese Class at Hiyoshi Campus, KeioUniversityWorkshop at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio University
March 4th
Workshop at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio University
March 5th  Tour to Bosai Center in Tokyo
March 6th  Leave for Fieldwork in Tohoku. Areas along Coastal Areas from Kesennuma to Natori
March 7th  Visit Elementary and Junior high schools along Coastal Areas from Kesennuma to Natori
March 8th
Fieldwork continuedReturning to Hiyoshi
March 9th
Workshop at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio University
March 10th Final Presentations
March 11th
Leave Japan

Contact: For further information, please contact us at

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