Members of Codepink Japan

SAN FRANCISCO — In post-3/11 or post-tsunami Japan, a variety of social movements have emerged in every corner of society. Some experts claim that this heralds the beginning of a new civic movement.

Many activists are youths and women making free use of the Internet to promote their causes, and the mainstream media outlets have not yet caught up with them.  This talk will address the women involved in these “untold reform movements” in Japanese society.

The panel discussion, part of the Japanese American National Library’s lecture series, will be held on Monday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. in the Hospitality Room of the San Francisco Japantown branch of Union Bank, Post and Buchanan streets. (Enter Japan Center’s East Mall from Peace Plaza.)

The panelists and their presentations are:

• Yasuo Goto of Fukushima University and Nobuyo Goto of Fukushima Medical University, “Women and Youth Leading the Grassroots Movements in Post-3/11 Japan”

• Hiroko Aihara, freelance journalist from Fukushima, “Fall of the Mainstream Media and Rise of Citizen-Centered Independent Media”

• Ayumi Kinezuka, Shizuoka Family Farmers Movement, “Fight Against Radiation Contamination as a Family Farmer in Solidarity with Consumers”

• Hisae Ogawa, Codepink Osaka, “Grassroots Women’s Actions for Peace and a Nuclear-Free World”

The moderator for the program is Keiko Yamanaka, sociologist at UC Berkeley.

The program is open to the public.  For more information, contact the Japanese American National Library at (415) 567-5006 or Keiko Yamanaka at

UC Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies will present the same panel on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Institute for East Asian Studies, 2223 Fulton, sixth floor (IEAS Conference Room). For more information, call (510) 642-316 or email

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