1. Public Symposium:
|Day and time:||Afternoon of 24 January 2020|
|Venue:||Hyogo Prefecture Official Conference Hall, Kobe|
|Language:||Japanese / English, simultaneous interpretation|
|Participation:||Open (capacity: 300 persons)|
- Bearing in mind the overarching theme, the activities of preserving and passing on the live lessons from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake up to now are reviewed; situations of different countries are compared; and determination to continue telling live lessons is refreshed with a view to the next 25 years.
- Key note talk and discussion: Mr. Masami HORIUCHI (actor, resident in Kobe, 25 year supporter of telling live lessons) reflects upon his own activities, speaks of the importance of telling live lessons and raises points to discuss to address the challenges in continuing such activities. He is then joined by Ms. Keiko TAKESHITA (actress, annually performing public reading of essays of disaster victims of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake) who refers to her own activities, after which they will deepen their discussion.
- Panel discussion: The panel, chaired by Prof. Yoshiaki KAWATA, Executive Director of Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI), receives reports on various cases of telling live lessons in the world, and discusses ways of continuing the passing-on of disaster experiences across areas and generations.
- Telling live lessons through music: Mr. Makoto USUI (elementary school teacher of music, Kobe) will conduct a choir of children to perform “To bring happiness to the world”, a song which was composed by Mr. USUI two weeks after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. It is well known in many disaster-hit areas as a song in support of reconstruction. “Bloom Works”, a vocal duo of Mr. Hiroyuki ISHIDA and Mr. KAZZ, will also perform. Mr. ISHIDA, a singer-songwriter from Kobe, is engaged in awareness-raising on disaster risk reduction as an expert. He gives a number of lectures on disaster risk reduction coupled with music in schools and communities. Audience members are invited to deliberate on the impact of music in telling live lessons.
- Telling live lessons through painting: The works of a painter who expresses and passes on the memories of an earthquake through his paintings are exhibited in the venue of the symposium. Audience members are invited to deliberate on the impact of painting in telling live lessons.
- Public reading and music: Ms. Keiko TAKESHITA performs public reading of some particularly impressive works of the poems and essays that the survivors of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake have written, along with music,
|Day and time:||25 January 2020 (whole day)|
|Venue:||Kobe City Machizukuri Center|
|Language:||Japanese / English, personal and consecutive interpretation|
|Participation:||Each session with around 30 experts / practitioners
(i.e. invited panelists and Poster Session participants)
|Chief Chair:||Mr. Shingo NAGAMATSU, Professor, Faculty of Social Safety Science, Kansai University|
- Under the overall coordination by Mr. Shingo NAGAMATSU, Professor, Faculty of Social Safety Science, Kansai University, the Session Chairs of the Break-out sessions listed below initiate the whole process of planning respective sessions, facilitating discussions, following-up as required, and collectively compiling a publication on the respective subjects (see below).
- In each session, the Session Chair and Co-Chair facilitate expert discussion on the following subjects respectively along with 3 panelists invited from different countries. The sessions are also joined by some 25 experts (panelists of other sessions, participants of the Poster Session (see below) and other participants), who are invited to actively contribute to the discussion from the floor.
- The discussions in the Breakout sessions will be valuable inputs toward the planned publication, which will be compiled separately after the Forum.
a) Role of Museums in Telling Live Lessons
Museums related to disasters exist all over the world. There are various kinds of museums, such as those specializing in disasters, those that are part of the museum in the form of permanent exhibitions or temporary planned exhibitions, or those that can be called field museums. This session invites representatives of museums that are developing “narration” activities both in Japan and abroad, clarifies the roles, similarities, differences, and challenges that “narration” has played in these museums and neighboring communities, shares solutions to overcome these challenges, and considers the relationship between better “narration” and sustainable operation of the museums.
|Session Chair||Yuichi Ono||Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University|
|Session Co-chair||Hafnidar||Director, Aceh Tsunami Museum|
|Panelist||Hiroyoshi Nishi||Honorable President, Inamura-no-Hi no Yakata|
|Panelist||Makoto Sakamoto||Deputy Executive Disaster, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI)|
|Panelist||Hiroshi Sato||Director, Museum of the Mount Bandai Eruption|
|Panelist||Ministry of Culture (A speaker is to be decided)||National Tsunami Museum in Thailand (Tentative name)|
b) Disaster Tourism: a Tool for Telling Live Lessons
Tourism helps the community sustain the memories of disaster and pass on live lessons. Vice versa, the memories and experiences of disaster and reconstruction thereafter constitute an important part of local resources for tourism that contribute to the development of local economies. In Taiwan and Indonesia, such tourism is even associated with ecological conservation and arts. In a particular type of tourism characteristic with locally organized program which exploits the indigenous resources and contacts with local residents, telling live lessons plays a pivotal role in linking ① pre and post devastation, ② local residents and visitors, and ③ areas with disaster experiences and those without. This session aims at examining the significance of tourism as a forum of learning from and connecting with areas hit by disasters.
|Session Chair||Naoto Tanaka||Associate Professor, Kumamoto Innovative Development Organization, Kumamoto University|
|Session Co-chair||Ikaputra||Professor, University of Gadjah Mada|
|Panelist||Satoru Kusano||Adviser, Sanriku Railway|
|Panelist||Mariko Yamasaki||Ambassador, Public interest Incorporated Association、Chuetsu Organization for Safe and Secure Society|
c) Telling Live Lessons and Local Community
Local community is the main resource for producing, supporting and connecting the activities of preserving and passing on the live lessons from disaster experience over generations. Such activities generate a new network, and it expands its activities to community revitalization, city planning, community disaster management and education. This session discusses how the community creates the activities of telling live lessons, how the community supports such activities, and what was the effect brought to the community, through sharing and comparing some cases with different lengths of time elapsed: 5 years, 15 years and 95 years.
|Session Chair||Mayummi Sakamoto||Associate Professor, Graduate School of Disaster Resilience and Governance, University of Hyogo|
|Session Co-chair||Gülüm Tanican||Associate Professor, Bogazici University|
|Panelist||Faustito A. Aure||Professor, Eastern Visayas State University|
|Panelist||Faizatul Akmar Abdul Nifa||Research Fellow, Disaster Management Institute, School of Technology Management & Logistics, UUM College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia.|
|Panelist||Takayo Matsui||Director, Toyooka Association for Historical Townscape Conservation|
|Panelist||Ken Matsui||Director, Reconstruction and Interaction House Mondragon|
|Panelist||Katsutoshi Yamazumi||Chief, Earthquake Disaster Experience Learning Lab.
d) Geopark and Telling Live Lessons
Mt. Rokko, located near the epicenter of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, grew higher through the earthquakes which occurred repeatedly. The numerous historically accumulated traces of earthquakes such as the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake that had been left behind there were already familiar to scientists, but remained unknown to local residents. The faults of Mt. Rokko provided abundant spring water, but this fortune was not shared with the local community. Geoparks promoted by UNESCO through one of its science programs are activities for local communities to understand the dynamism of geological transformation of the earth, conserve its traces and utilize them to develop sustainable societies through education and tourism. These activities include education for disaster risk reduction. This session intends to discuss from broader points of view how to interpret the geological significance of sites and landscapes, and how to communicate it to local communities.
|Session Chair||Kazuyuki Nakagawa||Commentator, Jiji Press Ltd.; Inspection and operations subcommittee, Japan Geopark Committee|
|Session Co-chair||Ibrahim Komoo||Coordinator, Asia Pacific Geoparks Network|
|Panelist||Nancy Aguda||National Institute of Geological Sciences, University of the Philippines|
|Panelist||Kana Nishitani||Izu Oshima Geopark Promotion Committee, Global Nature Club|
|Panelist||Takahiro Shibata||Cultural Properties Second Division, Agency for Cultural Affairs-Japan Inspection and Operations Subcommittee, Japan Geopark Committee|
e) Disaster Remains and Passing-on of Memories
Some group of people in areas hit by gigantic disasters move to suggest that remains of disasters be preserved and made open to the public. They begin to suggest that those remains be used for telling live lessons of disaster experiences and public education on disaster risks. Some others on the other hand oppose this or keep distance from such initiatives and insist that such activities only relive the pain and sadness of disasters. Moreover, as buildings deteriorate and story tellers become older, challenges of funding and handing-over of story-telling activities shall be faced over times. This session discusses ways of making effective use of disaster remains and addressing challenges.
|Session Chair||Ryoga Ishihara||Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Science, Ryukoku University|
|Sesshion Sub-chair||Paul Millar||University of Canterbury|
|Panelist||Nao Sakaguchi||Tohoku University Graduate School Faculty of Arts and Letters|
|Panelist||Toshiaki Seki||Gunma Archaeological Research Foundation|
|Panelist||Shinichi Sugimoto||Sanriku Geopark Promotion Council|
|Panelist||Cheng-Shing CHIANG||Curator, Administration Center of Natural Science Education Park, National Museum of Natural Science|
f) Interregional Disaster Cooperation: Keeping Memories Alive
What makes it difficult for the next generations to inherit live lessons from disaster is a lapse of time. Any severe experience of disaster cannot avoid, as time passes, fading away. The difficulty of inheriting live lessons becomes more invincible through the change of generations, particularly when the generation holding personal experiences of disaster has gone away. To sustain the memories of disaster over generations needs some impulse which from time to time refreshes them. This impulse may also be found in the activities for a region of former disaster to share their experiences and live lessons with a newly affected or a region without disaster experience. This session consists of practitioners of domestic and international disaster support or disaster risk reduction activities and aims to examine possible effects of those activities on the sustainability of disaster memories and to discuss effective forms of cooperation that enhance inheriting live lessons over generations.
|Session Chair||Masaru Sakato||Former Executive Vice President, The Japan Foundation|
|Session Co-chair||Eko Agus Prawoto||Professor, Duta Wacana Christian University|
|Panelist||J. David Waggonner III||Founding Principal, Waggonner & Ball Architecture / Environment|
|Panelist||Masamichi Yoshitsubaki||Secretary General, Citizens towards Overseas Disaster Emergency|
|Panelist||Zhang Guoyuan||President & Associate Professor, New Century Institute of Education and Safety Science and Technology|
3. Poster Session
|Day and time:||Morning of 26 January 2020|
|Venue:||East Building, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI)|
|Language:||Japanese and English|
|Participation:||Public subscription for around 30 persons|
Session Chair: Mr. Masahiro SAWADA, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Disaster Resilience and Governance, University of Hyogo
- Under the overall coordination by Mr. Masahiro SAWADA, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Disaster Resilience and Governance, University of Hyogo, the Poster Session is organized alongside the Breakout Sessions. This serves as another venue for cross-learning.
- We call for abstracts for presentations from those who are interested in this Poster Session. Irrespective of the subjects of the Breakout Sessions, a wide variety of presentations on telling live lessons are much welcome, such as field reports, academic research, etc. The presentations in the Poster Session will be valuable inputs to the planned publication. The Poster Session participants are welcome to participate in the Breakout Sessions as well.
a) Flash talk (09:30 – 10:15)
The Participants of the Poster Session appeal on their respective poster presentations.
b) Exchange (10:15 – 11:45)
Over the poster panels presented in the venue, the presenters and other Poster Session participants, Breakout Session panelists, participants of the Open Symposium and the Plenary Session exchange opinions and information and deepen network over light meals.
4. Plenary Session
|Day and time:||Morning of 26 January 2020|
|Venue:||East Building, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI)|
|Language:||Japanese / English simultaneous interpretation|
|Participation:||Open (approximately 100 persons)|
a) Tone setting (09:00 – 09:30)
Haruo HAYASHI: President, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience
Toshio KOIKE: Director of International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM)
b) Poster Session (09:30 – 11:45)
c) Plenary Session (11:45 – 13:15)
The Plenary session will receive the reports from break-up sessions, discusses the current situation of telling live lessons, challenges thereof and way forward, and plans to launch an international appeal with a view to further promoting telling live lessons.
|Chair||Shingo NAGAMATSU||Professor, Faculty of Social Safety Science, Kansai University|
|Session A Co-chair||Hafnidar||Director, Aceh Tsunami Museum|
|Session B Co-chair||Ikaputra||Professor, University of Gadjah Mada|
|Session C Co-chair||Gülüm Tanican||Associate Professor, Bogazici University|
|Session D Co-chair||Ibrahim Komoo||Coordinator, Asia Pacific Geoparks Network|
|Session E Co-chair||Paul Millar||University of Canterbury|
|Session F Co-chair||Eko Agus Prawoto||Professor, Duta Wacana Christian University|
|Poster Session Chair||Masahiro SAWADA||Associate Professor, Graduate School of Disaster Resilience and Governance, University of Hyogo|
|TeLL-Net||Yoshinobu FUKASAWA||Secretary, International Network of Telling Live Lessons from Disaster|
2020 International Forum on Telling Live Lessons from Disasters expects to receive a number of inputs on telling live lessons from various parts of the world. All those inputs shall be uploaded to a website; technical papers will be compiled and are expected to be published in a year, based on the results of deliberations of breakout sessions as well as the reports to the Poster Session, leading to the additional growth of the knowledge-base on telling live lessons.
6. Reactivation of TeLL-Net
The 2020 International Forum on Telling Live Lessons from Disasters and TeLL-Net are complementary. The former is a fixed-term occasion with a stronger impact, while the latter tries to function as a standing mechanism to achieve the common purpose in the longer run. Through the entire process of organizing the 2020 Forum, TeLL-Net is expected to be re-activated.