I thought some of you might be interested in two things that happened at Monday's 2nd Anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami that I coordinated at the University of Minnesota with the student group NDJ, and the Saint-Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee, of which I am a former board member.
The first is the Japanese singing group Mu Min, sang a lovely song about blooming flowers of hope. You can see a version of it below.
The second is that we had an update from JETRO Office in Chicago about the current conditions in the Tonoku area. One of the interesting things I learned is that they are providing robotic animal-assisted interactions. Thousands of people are still displaced and living in shelters, where they do not allow pets. The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago donated numerous PAROs to the evacuation centers.