Archive for November, 2012

Between Stories –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #40 ~ November 24th

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 24, 2012

I’ve spent the last few days in Iwate Province, the most rural and most northern of the three provinces devastated last year on March 11th.  I’ve been in to coastal communities — Yamada Town and Otsuchi.  Each had a population of around 20,000 before 3.11.  Both were partially destroyed — fishing industry, agriculture, commerce and Read full post

Between Stories –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #40 ~ November 24th

Posted by Bob Stilger on

I’ve spent the last few days in Iwate Province, the most rural and most northern of the three provinces devastated last year on March 11th.  I’ve been in to coastal communities — Yamada Town and Otsuchi.  Each had a population of around 20,000 before 3.11.  Both were partially destroyed — fishing industry, agriculture, commerce and Read full post

Decontaminating Minamisoma: A Community Co-Cleaning Itself –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #39 ~ November 16th

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 16, 2012

Dear Friends, I spent yesterday in the new FutureCenter in Minamisoma, a community 25km south of the reactors in Fukushima that had a population of 70,000 before 3.11.  The FutureCenter is in a former small corner convenience store, started earlier this year by Toda-san who knew the community needed some place to talk about the Read full post

Fukushima: A Community Creates Its Future –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #38 ~ November 13th

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 13, 2012

This past weekend I was one of 350 people at the Fukushima Kaigi in Fukushima City.  I was amazed.  It was a weekend long Community Congress, people from Fukushima as well as other parts of Japan who came together to honestly discuss the current situation and figure out what to do next.  I don’t think Read full post