The progress of recovery and relief efforts in the Tohoku (northeastern) region of Japan following the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster is the topic of a panel discussion slated for Sunday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 Central Ave. in Little Tokyo.

Dianne Fukami has produced a documentary about the Tohoku survivors.

The panel will discuss their experiences in the Tohoku region through photo and video presentations and audience Q&A. Panelists include:

• Dianne Fukami, documentary director/producer, “Stories from Tohoku: With Heart and Hope”

• Naomi Hirahara, author of the Mas Arai mystery series, former English editor of The Rafu Shimpo

• Darrell Miho, photojournalist and volunteer

• David Ono, KABC7 news anchor, Emmy Award-winning journalist

• Sachiko Reece, psychotherapist

• Derek Yamashita, UC Santa Barbara student, Terasaki Japan Education Tour participant

• Tina Tajima (moderator), Disaster Support Project, Japan

This program is supported in part by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, Disaster Support Project, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and Ai Love Japan.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. RSVP to
or call (626) 789-5415 before Sept. 8.

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