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The 11th of March 2016 marks five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake (a.k.a the 311 disaster).
Hope Step Japan! and the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy are pleased to announce that the annual memorial event Hope Step Japan! will take place this year on the 13th of March, under the theme of Quality of Life.

What we have learned from the disaster and the numerous shocking facts in the past five years is the importance of an individual’s participation in the matter. Today, in the devastated areas reconstruction is still being carried out at significantly high speed. The traces of the disaster are disappearing rapidly, on a daily basis. To consider the extent of these changes seems to become more difficult as time passes and interest on these topics scatter and fade away, yet concurrently, the importance of the individual is only increasing.


As individuals, we can keep following the news in order to study and incorporate what we have learned into our daily lives.This is probably the best and most secure way to remember the disaster and pass on information to the next generation. Keeping this thought in mind, we have decided to make this year’s edition focused on individuals. We would like to create the event with participants and visitors all together. 

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Having a flea market as the main feature, we would like to create a platform where many personal discussions can take place. Recycling unwanted goods also fits well with the theme of the event. Around the flea market there will be various presentations organized or initiated by Hope Step Japan! in order to interact with the audience using new and different perspectives. The themes vary between art, social design, youth activities, sustainable energy and politics from both Japan and the Netherlands

Sunday 13 March 2016 10:00 — 19:30



Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Oostelijke Handelskade 34, Amsterdam Tram 26 “Rietlandpark”

15.30 Presentation “Nuclear versus renewable energy; what can you do to stop climate change? —by Andries Tieleman

16.30 Discussion Discussion —with Andries Tieleman and HSJ Fact Seekers

18.00 Cinema Asahiza, Ningen wa Doko he Iku —2013 74min, director: Hikaru Fujii, English subtitles

ASAHIZA (Asahiza, Ningen wa Doko he Iku) trailer


13.30 Open

14.10 Presentation Energy and kids! ~ THINK about Energy with children~ — in collaboration with OBS de Dongeschool by Niko Bocev, Philip Versluis, Hikaru Angelopoulos, Ayumi Matsuda and Utako Arakawa


Market            Hope Step Flea Market

Workshop       Be POWERful —by Jumping—Power Plant (HSJ) & Gabey Tjon a Tham

Workshop       Rebuild Fukushima —by Dagmar van Wersch & Bert Hana (14:30/16:00)

Presentation   RIKUZENTAKATA DAILY LIFE 2014 —by Leo van der Kleij

Video              5 Years BEFORE&AFTER Fukushima, and our Future —with Tetsunari Iida,

interview         Director of Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) by HSJ Fact Seekers

Presentation   Half decade after Fukushima: Chronicle and Movies of the Gloomy Truth —by HSJ Fact Seekers

Publication     Chronology of the Disaster —Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear —by HSJ Fact Seekers

Shop               2nd hand book + special goods —by Hope Step Japan!

Food               Tasty food stands

Food               Lloyd Café – Restaurant

Result of the event:
¥12800 (about €102 euro) has been donated to Fukushima Children’s Home Fund.


Special thanks to:
Aki Namba, Alex Oost (CAMERA JAPAN), Andrzej Rudz, Ayumi Higuchi, Cybil Scott, Iede Reckman, Jennifer Lem, Jija Sohn, Jules Marshall, Juri Suzuki, MaliCamera, Masami Kimura, Mitchell Coutinho, Mylene van Noort, OBS de Dongeschool, Suzanne Oxenaar, Tashi Iwaoka


Participants: Andries Tieleman, Dagmar van Wersch & Bert Hana, Gabey Tjon a Tham, Hikaru Angelopoulos, Leo van der Kleij, Niko Bocev, Philip Versluis, Utako Arakawa

HSJ staff members: Ayumi Matsuda, Emiko Chujo, Hannie van den Bergh, Hisako Niko, Kazuhiro Agatsuma, Kazuko Yoshida, Kazushi Matsumoto, Masaaki Oyamada, Moyuru Watanabe, Nishiko, Sachi Miyachi, Takako Hamano


Hope Step Japan! 2016 has been made possible through the generous support of LLOYD HOTEL & CULTURAL EMBASSY

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