Journalists from Pacific Plate countries invited to apply by March 12
HONOLULU (March 5, 2012) – The Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership has awarded the East-West Center close to $100,000 to conduct a journalism seminar focusing on disaster management and resiliency. Journalists from Japan, the U.S., China and other countries bordering the seismically active Pacific tectonic plate are invited to apply by the March 12 deadline. Click here for more information.
Given the recent Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami and nuclear crisis, there has been a rethinking of how governments and communities prepare for and respond to disasters. Disaster management demands cooperation among both a wide variety of stakeholders within an affected country, as well as among the international community, to preserve and maintain the resiliency of political structures, economic markets and energy policies.
The Disaster Management and Resiliency in the Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships program is a 14-day professional dialogue, study and travel program designed for working print, broadcast and online journalists from the United States, Japan, China and those Asian and Oceanic countries bordering the tectonic Pacific Plate. Participants will travel to San Francisco, Honolulu, Tokyo and Sendai. The program covers all air transportation, lodging, and program-related ground transportation and meals.
The program will introduce participating journalists to a broad range of disaster management activities in the United States and Japan, as well as post-disaster challenges to political, economic and energy resiliency.
Emphasis will be placed on:
- Disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts at the local, federal and international levels;
- Government, military, business and civil-society initiatives successful in reducing risk and in providing assistance post-disaster;
- Resilience to recover from disasters and the maintenance of political structures, economic markets, energy policies and the functionality of society in the wake of a catastrophe;
- Impact of recent catastrophic natural disasters on economic markets and supply chains throughout the Asia Pacific region;
- Responses to the Fukushima nuclear crisis and the future of energy policy and security in the Asia Pacific region.