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Fukushima, A Divided Community: Its Conflict Transformation Strategies - Colloquium

Girl standing in disaster area
Event Date: November 09, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3540

Six years have passed since a serious nuclear disaster occurred in Fukushima, Japan, following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011.  People affected by the disaster have suffered not only from the risk of health problems but also from conflicts among community and family members. Professor Akiko Ishihara will speak about these destructive conflicts and offer analysis on the mechanisms behind them. She will also discuss conflict transformation strategies, giving examples of several conflict transformation projects currently running in Japan around Fukushima as well as peacebuilding projects around North Korean tensions.    

Akiko Ishihara is an associate professor of conflict transformation and peace-building and the director of the Graduate Program on Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Organizational Management at Kumamoto University  ̶ Japan’s first and only graduate program of conflict resolution. She has been committed to transforming community conflicts around the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the historical conflicts among the Northeastern Asian countries utilizing a strategic conflict transformation approach.   

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