Japan’s nuclear crisis: A family’s odyssey

WHAT: Students at Florida International University’s Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies are helping one family displaced by the recent triple catastrophe of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan. Following the devastating earthquake last month, Ayato Kaneko, his wife and two small children fled their home to avoid the radiation emitting from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The GSS students, as part of their Anthropology of Globalization class, have decided to help Kaneko find a job in the food and beverage industry, where he has extensive experience in Japan and the United States. Kaneko will offer insight into his family’s plight and discuss what the FIU students’ commitment to help means to his family. The event is free and open to the public.

WHO: The event is sponsored by the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies and co-sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs and the Asian Studies Program. Panelists will include Ayato B. Kaneko, restaurateur and earthquake survivor; Jerry Brown, founding professor of the FIU Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies; Julie Brown psychotherapist and cancer prevention counselor; and Mark Oncavage, energy chairman for the Miami Group of the Sierra Club.
WHEN AND WHERE:  Thursday April 14, 11 a.m. at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, Marine Sciences Building Room 150 (MSB-150), 3000 NE 151st Street in North Miami.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Jerry Brown at 305-993-5140 or 305-321-5612.
Media Contact: JoAnn Adkins  at 305-348-0398.

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