UTokyo Ryuugakusei Alumni Lunch Discussion: Moving Forward after the Tohoku Earthquake 

On May 28th (Saturday) a UTokyo Ryuugakusei alumni group (i.e., a group of non-Japanese who studied at UTokyo) in the New York area organized a lunch discussion meeting, titled “Japan: Moving Forward after the Tohoku Earthquake.”

The panelists, Dr. Dennis Loh and Dr. Paul Sheard discussed what happened in Japan before, during and after the earthquake, why it happened, and what it means for the future of Japan, Asia and the world. Mr. Krishen Mehta served as a discussant and Mr. James Rosenbluth as the moderator. Dr. Loh is in charge of the Medicine, Science and Foreign Policy programs at the Harvard Club of New York City, and Dr. Sheard is the Global Chief Economist and the Head of Economic Research, Nomura Securities International in New York. An active Q&A session followed the presentations, involving a wide spectrum of about 25 in the audience, ranging from UTokyo Rygakusei alumni, UTokyo alumni and other friends of UTokyo.

This event was hosted by Prof. Geeta Mehta, who earned her Ph.D. in Architecture from UTokyo and is a new member of the Advisory Committee of FOTI, and her husband Mr. Krishen Mehta at their residence in Manhattan. All the proceeds from contributions by the attendees were donated to FOTI’s scholarship fund.

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