Facing Fukushima: We Are Here
Dilena Takeyama Center Closure
Since it was founded in 2010, the Dilena Takeyama Center at San Francisco State University has provided rich and unique opportunities for students to learn about U.S. and Japan relations. With the conclusion of the center's funding and after careful consideration, San Francisco State retired the center effective September 1, 2021.
SF State is thankful for the community’s support for the center throughout all these years and looks forward to supporting other academic offerings related to the field of Japan–U.S. relations.
What is it like to live in the aftermath of disaster?
For the people of Fukushima, it means sleepless nights recalling the punishing jolt and “Iron Wave” that ravaged their homes and families. It means living in limbo and worrying about radiation contamination.
And yet post-disaster life also is a time to find new jobs, to raise children and to carry on treasured community customs. This is what a group of San Francisco State University students learned during a reporting trip to Japan in August 2014.
These are the stories of the people of Fukushima who are challenging the odds as if to declare, “We are here.”