9am – 10:30am
Opening Speaker Session
Award winning journalist, author and foreign affairs expert Yoichi Funabashi opened our program with an insightful overview on the current state of Japan in relation to the economics, politics and societal views. Funabashi-san spoke to attendees on the grounds of International House, a non-profit organization supported by the Rockefeller Foundation created to promote cultural exchange and intellectual cooperation between Japan and other countries.
11am – 1pm
Speaker Session and Lunch
The nuclear disaster of Fukushima, triggered by the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March 2011, devastated an entire region. We heard from Azby Brown, director of Safecast, a globally revered citizen science project, on how the communities affected have recovered, what challenges still remain, and how open data technology has contributed to that recovery.
1pm – 4pm
Breakout Session I, various locations
Tokyo culture is best experienced in small groups. These breakouts offered more intimate, behind the scenes encounters with local experts.
4pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 10pm
Dine Out with the locals
In small groups, we experienced Tokyo’s lively streets in the company of a trusted local resident. With a new friend to help guests navigate, we visited some of their favorite spots, like hole-in-the-wall izakayas and hard-to-find, one of a kind restaurants. We discovered the back streets of Tokyo’s many vibrant neighborhoods, from Nakameguro to Shimo-kitazawa and beyond.