Reflect and Reconnect

(Updated to include schedule)

On March 13th, the Heart Care Department of CRASH Japan is sponsoring an online global gathering. We hope that everyone who responded to the 3.11 Tohoku disasters will join us at some point during the day. We will use ZOOM as our meeting place, and have break out rooms for people to reflect on their own experience and how our lives have changed since then, and other rooms for casual chatting. To receive the ZOOM link, please fill out the form below (if you have not done so already).

The following are the sessions we have planned – feel free to join one or more. Within Zoom we will offer breakout rooms, so you can freely separate into English and Japanese conversations, groups of people who knew each other, etc.
(all times are in Japan time zone; facilitator lists are tentative)

  • In the morning meeting 9am~11am people you can expect to meet include Mas Suzuki, Dan and Karen Ellrick, Monica (Ito) Sato, Ami Maegawa, Rebekah (Suzuki) Wada, Eileen and Jim Nielsen, Shannon Ikuta, and Paul Nethercott.
  • Joining us and leading the meeting 11am~1pm will be Jonathan and Rie Wilson.
  • In the afternoon 3pm~5pm you can expect to see Toshio Nagai, Helen Kwak, Andy Meeko, and John Houlette.
  • Our late night session 10~12pm will be anchored by Diane and Levi Velasco, Paul Mikaelsen, and Erika Grabowski.

If you are not able to attend, please consider making a short selfie video or reply in writing to these three simple questions. You can send your responses to be shared during the reunion to

  1. When and where did you work with CRASH? What was your role and what did you do?
  2. How has your life changed since then? Where are you now and what are you doing?
  3. How did responding to the 3.11 disasters affect your life? Looking back, what does it mean to you today?

Also, if you knew Gerd Strauss and would like to share a message for his family, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

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Gerd Strauss memories

Gerd Strauss

Many of you knew Gerd Strauss, long term volunteer at Ichinoseki Base. He passed from this life on December 9, 2017. We are collecting messages for his family and will send them on to his wife Heike, with a certificate of deep appreciation for his years of service. If you would like to add your own message, you can either send it to or enter it below. You can also attach one or more photos related to Gerd if you have some you’d like to share.

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