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“Tohoku Tomo” Premieres in Chicago on March 12th

A new film entitled “Tohoku Tomo”, by Wesley Julian, a Miyagi Prefecture Japan Exchange and Teaching Program participant from 2008 to 2010, will premier in Chicago on Wednesday, March 12th, at the Adler Planetarium. The screening will be in the SC Johnson Family Star Theater and will begin at 6:00p.m. Tickets are free, but must be reserved. For information on the film and to register for tickets, please go to

Tohoku Tomo tells the story of volunteers who mobilized to help the people of Tohoku following the disasters of March 11th, 2011. Working through a variety of organizations, many of them founded by members of the JET Program, these people devoted themselves to making a difference on the ground, utilizing their knowledge of Japanese culture, language, and society to make the most of their limited resources.

There will be another screening of the film in Indianapolis on Friday, March 14th, at the Columbia Club, at 1:30p.m., held in collaboration with the Japan-America Society of Indiana.

For anyone who might be interested in hosting a screening in your community, please see theScreenings section of the website and contact for more information.

On this third anniversary of the disasters, Tohoku Tomo is one way to remember all that happened, all that has been done to help, and all that needs still to be done.

Matthew Gillam

Senior Researcher