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Tokiwa International Victimology Institute 6th symposium

Helping Victims of Natural Disasters: From Grassroots to Governance


Date: 30 September - 1 October, 2011

Location: The Elizabeth Rose Hall, UNU Headquarters

Co-Organizers: Tokiwa International Victimology Institute, UNU-ISP, Japan-US Evidence-based Mental Health Response Initiative, In collaboration with Kameda Medical Center

Contact: Vesselin Popovski, UNU-ISP:

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The East Japan Great Earthquake of March 11, 2011 has once again raised the issue of how best to address the pain and suffering of victims of natural disasters and how best to sustain their psychological health over the long term.

World-renown experts on disaster victimization and aid workers dealing with the everyday realities of the victimization caused by natural disasters have agreed to share their experiences and understanding of the psychosocial impact of large-scale disasters on people. This symposium will enumerate ways to support the recovery of victims and to empower them in the 21st century through grassroots community development and governance. We shall pay full attention to the restoration of the precious daily life of disaster victims and to the development of more effective governance to meet the needs of disaster victims.

We welcome professionals working for disaster victims in management, medical services, social welfare, and education, and anyone interested in helping disaster victims. In particular, we welcome the participation of victims and surviving families of natural disasters.


Please send us your name, address, E-mail and phone number with the indication of which day(s)’ programme you would like to participate in to the following contact. The deadline for registration is 28 September, 2011.

Ms. Sakaba or Ms. Otake
TEL: 029-232-2868, FAX: 029-232-2522
Tokiwa International Victimology Institute (TIVI), Tokiwa University
1-430-1, Miwa, Mito-shi, Ibaraki 310-8585


Day 1 : Friday, 30 September 2011
Sub-Theme A: Understanding Disaster Victimization

13:00-13:10 Introductory Remarks

Ms. Teruko Kimura, a 3.11 Disaster Victim

13:10-13:30 Symposium Opening

Professor John P. J. Dussich, Ph.D., Director, TIVI, Tokiwa University

Opening Remarks

Professor Jakob Rhyner, Ph.D. Vice Rector (Europe), UNU

Conference Proceedings

Professor Kieran Mundy, Ph.D., Deputy Director, TIVI, Tokiwa University

Keynote Address
13:30-14:20 Re-Establishment of the Community Identity during the Processes of Restoring Life of Disaster Victims: From Perspectives of Disaster Sociology

Professor Jun Oyane, Department of Sociology, School of Human Science, Senshu University, Tokyo

Panel Discussion
14:20-15:40 Disaster Recovery in Action: The Ishinomaki Model

Shuki Ito, Chairperson, Ishinomaki Disaster Recovery Assistance Council (IDRA)

Victims of Radiation Exposure in Fukushima

Masaharu Tsubokura, MD., Social Communication Systems for Advanced Clinical Research, Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo

Mental Health Following Disaster: Working with Survivors of Extreme Events

Matthew Yoder Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, USA

A New Paradigm of Victims of Natural Disasters

Kieran G. Mundy Ph.D., Deputy Director, Professor, Tokiwa International Vicitmology Institute, Faculty of Human Sciences, Tokiwa University

Moderator: Professor Takeshi Koyanagi, Tokiwa International Victimology Institute, Graduate School of Vicitmology, Tokiwa University

15:40-15:50 Break
15:50-16:10 Q&A Session
15:30-16:00 1st day Rapporteur

Professor Mark Creamer, Ph.D. University of Melbourne

16:30-17:30 Reception

Meeting Room, 12th Floor, UNU Headquarters Building

Day 2 : Saturday, 1 October 2011
Sub-Theme B: Psycho-social Recovery of Victims of Natural Disasters

9:30-9:35 Opening Remarks

Professor K. G. Mundy

Keynote Speech
9:40-10:30 Psychological Assistance for Victims of Natural Disaster: Current Situations and Problems (TENTATIVE)

Professor Takako Konishi, MD, Ph.D., Department of Human Studies, Faculty of Human Studies, Musashino University

Panel Discussion
10:35-12:00 Exposure Oriented Treatments for Natural Disaster-related PTSD

Peter Tuerk, Ph.D., Director of Research & Training, Psychology Internship Program, Medical University of South Carolina, Associate Director, PTSD Clinical Team, Charleston VA Medical Center

Cognitive-behavioral Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Victims of the Triple Disaster in Japan

Sheila Rauch, Ph.D., Director, Psychotherapy Core, Veterans Administration, Ann Arbour Healthcare System, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School

Role Identification and Coordination of Care in Disaster Mental Health

Yuriko Suzuki, MD, Ph.D., Division of Disaster Mental Health, Department of Adult Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry

Multiple Vulnerability to Natural Disasters: A Case Study of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

Makoto Tamura, Ph.D., Institute for Global Change Adaptation Science, Ibaraki University

Moderator: Peter Tuerk, Ph.D.

12:00-12:20 Q&A Session
12:20-13:20 Lunch

Sub-Theme C: Victims of Natural Disasters and Issues of Governance

Keynote Speech
13:20-14:05 Victims of Natural Disasters and Issues of Governance

Vesselin Popovski Ph.D., Senior Academic Programme Officer, Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations
University, UNU-ISP

Panel Discussion

Mark Creamer, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science, University of Melbourne, Director (former) Australian Centre for Posttruamatic Mental Health (ACPMH), Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

John Wocher, Executive Vice President, Kameda Medical Center, Komogawa, Chiba

Vulnerability and Coping Capacity of People Living in High Risk Environments

Joern Birkmann, Ph.D., Academic Officer, Head of Section, Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University (UNU-EHS), Bonn, Germany

Responses of the Government of Japan to the Psychological Recovery of Victims of March 11

Yukihisa Fujita, Senior Vice Minister of Finance, Member of the House of Councilors

Moderator: Professor Mark Creamer

15:25-15:45 Q&A Session
15:45-16:00 Policy Recommendations (Announced by Professor Mundy)
16:00-16:10 Symposium Rapporteur

Professor John P. J. Dussich

16:30-17:30 Symposium Closing Ceremony

Professor Hidemichi Morosawa, Chairperson of Incorporated Educational Institution, Tokiwa University