Civil Society

May 16, 2013


'Community Reconstruction with Children' Launched in Disaster-Affected Areas

Keywords: Disaster Reconstruction Manufacturing industry University / Research institute 

As part of its reconstruction assistance for areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, Takenaka Corporation, a major Japanese construction company, developed a program titled "Community Reconstruction with Children" in cooperation with Yamagata University. Through the program, Takenaka launched a series of special workshops to provide children with the workshops and role-playing activities to experience adults' jobs in October 2012 at an elementary school in Otsuchi Town, Iwate Prefecture, Sendai City and Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture.

Working with local government entities, scholars, and NPOs, Takenaka is applying its expertise in the specialized field of architecture and designing cities to the reconstruction of disaster-hit areas, a task that is likely to take more than a decade. The project was designed to encourage children to develop affection for their hometowns and play a major role in community reconstruction when they grow up.

The idea for the program was originally submitted to Takenaka's in-house competition in July 2011. In August 2011, Takenaka publicly presented the competition's winning proposal and won First Prize at the Disaster Region Support Proposal Competition sponsored by the Association for Children's Environment, which led to its implementation under contract with the Japan Committee for UNICEF.

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