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Rebuilding Tohoku is a Web site built by Owen Rosa who lived in Japan for a total of 10 years including six years in Iwate Prefecture from 1999 to 2005. Owen first lived in Japan from 1993-94 in Tokyo as a Tokyo Metropolitan Government foreign exchange student on AFS Intercultural Programs and then again from 1997-98 as exchange student to Waseda University.




Upon graduating from college Owen was selected by the JET Program to be a Coordinator in International Relations, CIR, in the Tohoku region of Japan for Hanamaki City Hall in Iwate Prefecture. After completing the JET Program in 2002 he remained in Iwate Prefecture for three more years to study in the Enshin style of Karate as a live-in-student, uchideshi, in Morioka City.





Owen developed Rebuilding Tohoku based on the need for consolidated information about the rebuilding efforts in the Tohoku region in order to attract foreign direct investment and philanthropy into the region. In addition to consolidating public sources the Web site allows visitors to register and submit their own information about activities related to the rebuilding of Tohoku.





Owen currently works in Tokyo at Kuni Umi Asset Management, a developer and investment company of renewable energy and economic development projects through out Japan. He has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.



Rebuilding Tohoku was fully funded by Owen with no affiliation or support from outside sources.