Luskin Students Spending Spring Break in Japan to Learn and Lend a Hand with Recovery

Luskin Students Spending Spring Break in Japan to Learn and Lend a Hand with Recovery

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Fri, 03/23/2012 - 1:11am

Nobuko Goto will never forget the obliteration of towns and villages in northeastern Japan when the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 changed lives forever. Back then, as a section chief for the Housing Department for the national government of Japan, she scrambled to find emergency housing for survivors suddenly left homeless.

Now at UCLA as a graduate student in public policy, Goto, a Japanese national, is leaving campus over spring break to return to a nation in recovery — and bringing along 21 of her peers from the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Graduate students in public policy, urban planning and social welfare, they will spend their spring break doing volunteer work with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the Sendai area and talking with survivors as well as government officials working on recovery projects.

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Nobuko Goto will never forget the obliteration of towns and villages in northeastern Japan when the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 changed lives forever. Back then, as a section chief for the Housing Department for the national government of Japan, she scrambled to find emergency housing for survivors suddenly left homeless.