Invitation: Safecast Awareness Event, Nov 4, 2014

Dear BUCJ,

Three and a half years on, many of us are still concerned and have questions about radiation in Japan and also how to make sure we have appropriate information in the future.  On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:00pm, SAFECAST will explain the results of the data they have been collecting on radiation and answer questions on radiation in the environment, food, health and safety.  It’s a great organization with over 100 dedicated volunteers including some of the leading lights in the technology world, including Joi Ito who runs MIT Labs and attended Tufts University and Ray Ozzie who attended the University of Illinois.  The organization is helping to provide important infrastructure to make sure that data on radiation is disseminated on a real time, non-political basis.  SAFECAST has over 800 sensors deployed and has the largest collection of radiation data in the world.  You can see their map online (www.safecast.org). With the generosity of Simmons & Simmons / TMI Associates, all proceeds from the ¥5,000 tickets will go to SAFECAST.  Please see below or attached for more specifics.  If you want to attend, please rvsp to rsvp@safecast.org.

Please also forward to others who may be interested.

Thank you,
Eric

 

Come spend an evening with SAFECAST!

Date & Time:                Tuesday, November 4th, 7:00pm
Location:                      Simmons & Simmons / TMI Associates conference rooms,
22nd floor, Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Price:                            ¥5,000
Food/Drinks:                 Light food and refreshments will be served
RSVP/Questions:         Please contact <rsvp@safecast.org>

With the generous support of Simmons & Simmons in association with TMI Associates, 100% of all ticket sales will go to SAFECAST.

Event Info:

The doors will open at 7:00pm to allow people to socialize and have something to eat. Starting at 7:30pm, SAFECAST co-founder Pieter Franken and his colleagues will provide a brief overview of SAFECAST’s success and results of collecting data on the nuclear radiation around Fukushima and all of Japan. This will include demonstrations of their interactive maps charting radiation data and their unique detector hardware. The overview will include SAFECAST’s current development of a new realtime sensor and information system being deployed around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and others in Japan and around the world as an “early warning” system against future possible radiation releases.  The event will also provide ample time for Q&A to cover radiation, food, health, and other issues of concern.

About SAFECAST:

SAFECAST, a non-ideological, non-profit, volunteer-based organization created in the days immediately following the start of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in March, 2011, has become the most prominent and reliable independent source for radiation data in Japan and abroad. More than three years later concerns about radiation exposure from Fukushima continue, with low public confidence in government and industry statements that the nuclear fallout does not pose a significant risk to public health. The general public remains worried about the impact of long-term exposure, and lacking faith in government reassurances, has increasingly turned to alternative sources of information like SAFECAST.

In order to fill the acute information vacuum about the severity of the Fukushima fallout, SAFECAST has drawn on the expertise and experience of specialists worldwide, including co-founder Joi Ito (Director of the MIT Media Lab) and advisor Ray Ozzie (former CTO of Microsoft), to quickly field award-winning mobile detectors of its own design. These leverage open-source software and hardware and new-generation DIY tools such as laser cutters and custom PCB fabrication to dramatically accelerate development and deployment time. The group has simultaneously developed an information management system that allows GPS-tagged radiation data points to be uploaded into a central database and displayed on an interactive web-based and mobile maps.

Watch this short video summary of SAFECAST’s mission and principles by Adrian Storey:

http://vimeo.com/88977637

The radiation data gathered by the growing group of SAFECAST volunteers in Japan and abroad currently exceeds 23 million data points, arguably the most extensive public data set of its kind. It was soon hailed as a technically competent, credible, and objective source of radiation information for Japan by experts on both sides of the nuclear power debate.

SAFECAST’s unique open-source hardware and software and crowdsourced maps and radiation data have all been developed by volunteers and are freely available without restriction for download and use.

Speaker Bios:

Pieter Franken, a founding member of SAFECAST, is an experienced hardware and software designer and is currently CTO for Monex Securties, based in Tokyo.

Azby Brown is an architect, designer, and author, and is Director of the KIT Future Design Institute in Tokyo.

www.safecast.org 

“A Historian Looks at Japan and the Contemporary World”

Harvard Club of Japan is pleased to invite members of your clubs to another upcoming event on Monday October 27th from 6:30-9:00pm titled  “A Historian Looks at Japan and the Contemporary World” by Harvard’s Charles Warren Research Professor of History Professor Emeritus Akira Iriye. Professor Iriye will be turning eighty years old a week before this lecture. Please join the Harvard community and graduates of many schools in Tokyo to hear this talk by one of Harvard’s most respected and beloved professors in the Asian Studies field and a giant in the field of the history of international relations.

**Please note that this event will take place at International House rather than our usual venue. The admission price for this event reflects this change but also includes beverages (which are charged separately at our usual venue).

Admission 10,000 yen includes all food (buffet dinner) and drink.

Please register at http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=256 using form in upper right of the web page.

International House, Tokyo

MAP: http://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/access.html

October 27, 2014  at 6:30-9:00pm

Door open at 6:30pm, lecture starts at 7pm, dinner at 8pm. Event ends at 9pm.

Please reserve by October 23rd. All no-shows and cancellations after 10/23 will be invoiced. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

For any questions or problems please e-mail kaycarl@gmail.com

AKIRA IRIYE 
Charles Warren Research Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Harvard University

Professor Iriye is one of America’s most distinguished scholars of international relations. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in US and East Asian History in 1961. His thesis was later published as the book After Imperialism, the Search for a New Order in the Far East, 1921-1931.  The work was a breakthrough in the history of a pivotal period not only because of its conceptual brilliance but also because of his mastery of original documents in English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and German. He is the only Japanese to have served as Chairman of the American Historical Society, and he is known as much for his work on American as Asian history.

Professor Iriye has written widely on American diplomatic history and Japanese- American relations. Among his many works are Pacific Estrangement: Japanese and American Expansion, 1897-1911 (1972); Power and Culture: The Japanese-American War, 1941-1945 (1981); Fifty Years of Japanese-American Relations (in Japanese, 1991); China and Japan in the Global Setting(1992); The Globalizing of America (1993); and Cultural Internationalism and World Order (1997); Global Community, The Role of International Organizations in the Making of the Contemporary World (2002).

Prof. Iriye was born in Tokyo in 1934 and graduated from Seikei High School.  He one of a distinguished line of Seikei students to attend Harvard; others include Ben Makihara and Tatsuo Arima. He completed his undergraduate studies at Haverford College in 1957. After receiving his Ph. D., he taught at Harvard, and then at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Chicago University before returning to the History faculty at Harvard in 1989.  He became the Charles Warren Professor of American History in 1991, and he also served as Chairman of the History Department.

 

“Losing Your Cool: How ‘Cool Japan’ gets lost in translation and how to make sure it doesn’t.”

Harvard Club of Japan is pleased to invite members of your clubs to another upcoming event on Wednesday September 24th from 6:30-9:00pm titled

“Losing Your Cool: How ‘Cool Japan’ gets lost in translation and how to make sure it doesn’t.” Entertainment translator Alexander O. Smith will draw on over fifteen years experience localizing games, manga, and novels into English to show how translation is holding back some of the “coolest” properties Japan has to offer, and how a different attitude toward translation could be the key to breaking out of the Japanophile niche into wider markets.

Event details:

Date: September 24, 2014

Time: Doors open at 18:30, talk from 19:00. Event ends at 21:00.

Location: Roppongi Hills Club

Admission fee of 5,000 yen (payable in cash at the door) includes event plus buffet dinner, with cash bar available for all beverages.

Please register by September 21 using the online registration form on the upper right of the event website HERE: http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=252

To register multiple members of your party, please input the name of each person separately into the reservation system. For “organization”, you may indicate their relationship to you, their company, or other affiliation, as most appropriate.

For any problems with registration please e-mail HCJ Events Director Jonathan Harlow at: jonathan@jonathanharlow.com

Please note that no-shows and cancellations after September 21 will be invoiced. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

East Coast / West Coast Alumni Mixer

Dear Brown alumni, fellow university alumni, and friends,

The Harvard Club has invited Brown alumni to their next event in a series of East Coast / West Coast mixer events organized exclusively for the alumni of Stanford, UC Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Yale, Brown and Princeton (some universities TBD).

Date: Sept 17th (Wed), 2014

Time: 19:00 – 23:00

Venue: Le Baron de Paris in Omotesando:

3-8-40 Minami-Aoyama, Aoyama Center Building B1F 

http://www.lebaron.jp/map/

Price: 1,000 yen

Registration: Please register online via the URL below (registration is only available online):  

http://exwfall2014.eventbrite.com

* This event is only open to alumni of the universities mentioned, along with their close friends. Please do not forward this invitation via other mailing lists.

** For any additional enquiries, please contact HCJ Events Director Jonathan Harlow at:jonathan@jonathanharlow.com