Japan Women's University has been engaged in various reconstruction support efforts immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake.Among them, the Faculty of Home Economics started support and research activities for disaster-stricken areas beyond the boundaries of the department from the viewpoint of "scientifically grasping life" immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck in 2011. Even today, 10 years later, when the corona wreck has entered a new phase, it continues its activities.
After the Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 2011, 3, the faculty of home economics at Japan Women's University was connected to the affected areas by faculty members of the faculty of home economics and started support activities in May. From 11, research and support activities were started at "Haramachi Seiai Children's Garden (Social Welfare Corporation Chiirobakai)" in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture, led by Professor Mariko Sadayuki of the Department of Housing, Faculty of Home Economics.
Associate Professor Tetsuji Sugiyama and Assistant Professor Misako Sawada (currently Associate Professor) of the Children's Department are instructing physical fitness and exercise for children who cannot play outside, and Professor Masae Goseki of the Food Department is a diet that enhances children's immunity. And food safety support, Professor Yoshiko Taya (currently an emeritus professor) of the Department of Clothing conducted scientific research and support activities rooted in daily life, such as clothing in the disaster area.In the project to replace the sand in the sandbox of the garden with radioactive contamination and replace it with sand from Yamagata prefecture, we compared the radiation levels of the sand with the cooperation of nursery schools in Kyoto and Shiga prefectures, and as much as 10 tons of sand. Scientifically proved the safety of.
Also, in the hometown of Mayumi Kanno, who was a student of the correspondence course of the Faculty of Home Economics at that time, in the "Oguni" district, which has entered the hotspot 50km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, "clean from radioactivity". Established "Regaining a Small Country".Residents living in high spatial radiation areas carry out regional regeneration activities, and Japan Women's University also cooperates in measuring the radiation dose of Satoyama agricultural products in particular.Since then, he has received research funds from Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and continues to carry out support activities and research surveys.
In 2020, we were hit by the corona sickness, and the main way of support was to exchange information remotely, but now we are sharing information on infectious disease countermeasures with "Sacred Love Chiirobaen (Social Welfare Corporation Chiirobakai)". We are also preparing to support and investigate corona measures.
Professor Sadayuki said, "Scientific understanding of daily life is a characteristic of our faculty of home economics.The students of this university are highly conscious and interested in the earthquake and nuclear power problems, and even now, 10 years later, the students still consider the earthquake and nuclear power problems as their own problems, and students are taken up as the theme of their graduation thesis every year in the seminar. I am.We are also grateful for the cooperation of local people, including the Seiai Chiirobaen, for the research of our students.The impact of the corona disaster and its support are similar to the reconstruction support in the disaster area.It is important to share scientific data with the locals, and we will continue to consider how to proceed with support based on that. "
Reference: [University Press Center] "10 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake" Japan Women's University Faculty of Home Economics Supports reconstruction of disaster-stricken areas that capture daily life scientifically — Activities in Fukushima Prefecture, such as research at nursery schools and regional regeneration of hotspots