Post-Quake Japan: Reconstruction from the Region Speech, Q&A Session

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Yuji Kuroiwa, Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture
Maryland-Kanagawa Sister State Agreement
30th Anniversary Program

On March 11, 2011, an unprecedented earthquake and tsunami hit the eastern part of Japan. Many lives were lost and much property was destroyed, followed by a major accident at the nuclear power plant. The United States and various parts of the world have sent their support to Japan, and reconstruction efforts are now strenuously underway.

What is going on in Japan after the earthquake--Governor Kuroiwa will talk about the country's present situation, and how Japan is coping in the aftermath. Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki and Governor Yuji Kuroiwa, who runs the local administration of Kanagawa Prefecture, will transmit their messages about Japan's future direction toward reconstruction to the people of the U.S. through speeches and Q&A sessions.


1. Speech (JICC Auditorium)
  • Yuji Kuroiwa, Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture
    Speech: 11-11:30, Q&A Session: 11:30-11:45
  • Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America
    Speech: 11:45-12:15, Q&A Session: 12:15-12:30
2. Reception (JICC Foyer)
  • 12:30-2:00

Profile of Governor Yuji Kuroiwa

Date of birth: September 26th, 1954

  • April 1980: Entered Fuji Television Network, Inc., one of the main TV stations on the national television network.
  • 1988-1997: Worked as a newscaster. (Served as an anchorperson from 1992 for a program like "Meet the Press," the Sunday morning talk show.)
    Worked on planning, covering and editing of the emergency medicine promotion program (1989-1991), which contributed to establishment of Japanese paramedic system. Received prestigious awards for achievement in Japan's TV broadcasting.
  • 1997-1999: Stationed in Washington, D.C. as a correspondent.
  • 1999: Resumed career as an anchorperson.
  • September 2009: Resigned from Fuji Television, and became a university professor.
  • April 2011: Ran for the gubernatorial election. Elected as Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture.
    As governor, Mr Kuroiwa endeavors to create an attractive Kanagawa that can make people's lives sparkle.

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