Japan Earthquake Updates

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  • 14 Aug 2013 4:08 PM | Anonymous
    The Japan/America Society of Kentucky recently received a report from the Japan Center For International Exchange - the organization JASK had donated it's over $75,000 worth of relief money funds. The report is below, please feel free to look at it and send any comments to programs@jask.org.

    Highlights of the Report

    AidTAKATA - A local radio station that provides community services, programs, and Tsunami warnings to residents.
    Art Revival Connection Tohoku (ARCT) - With support from the fund, ARCT, an arts group active in the disaster recovery in Miyagi Prefecture, created and hosted participatory programs for senior citizens in the city of Higashi Matsushima.
    Fuji Social Welfare Foundation: Kitchen Car Project - The Fuji Social Welfare Foundation launched a "Kitchen Car Project" that provides food trucks to local chefs in Kamaishi who have lost their restaurants. The project helps employ them, providing a path back to restaurant ownership for these chefs and ensuring that there is food readily available near temporary housing settlements and in devastated areas of town
    Fukushima Organic Agriculture Network (FOAN) - The Fukushima Organic Agriculture Network (FOAN) is working to integrate farmers displaced by the nuclear accident – many of whom are senior citizens – into the local community by matching them with local farmers who need employees.
    Kamaishi Coastal Community Project: Support for Artisanal Oyster Farming - Kamaishi Platform has been working to help revive Kamaishi's oyster industry, which was devastated by the 40-foot tsunami waves that struck the town.
    Leading Aging Society Forum – Funding has been provided to support the forum's "Coordination Platform for Senior Citizens Health and Welfare," an initiative to survey the actual needs of seniors and ensure that none slip through the cracks as different agencies try to respond to their various needs.
    Sanaburi Foundation – Sanaburi Foundation was launched in 2011 as the Tohoku region's first community foundation. It channels funds from inside and outside the region to community-based projects and, by doing this, strengthen the foundations of Tohoku's nonprofit sector.
    Sankaku Planning Iwate (Delivery Care Project) – For a small, 100-yen fee ($1), the staff shop for basic necessities on behalf of senior citizens and other people with limited mobility in the temporary housing settlements.
    World in Asia (WiA) – WiA was created shortly after the 3.11 disaster to coach nonprofit organizations and social ventures on ways of strengthening their institutional capacity and serving their communities more effectively.

  • 21 Mar 2012 12:54 PM | Deleted user
    Japan’s Reconstruction Agency will be inaugurated Friday, almost 11 months after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. The agency will streamline the process to help municipalities, set up special reconstruction zones and provide subsidies for disaster-hit local governments.
    $245 Billion in post disaster reconstruction package.
    15,846 people found dead
    3,320 people still missing.
    2 missing people found dead this year.
    240 orphans in the three most severely affected prefectures, Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima.
    16 Million tons of disaster waste in Miyagi Prefecture, one of the hardest hit areas of Japan.
    2.4 Million drop of tourists coming to Japan in 2011 from a year previously.
    6 Months lost in the average life expectancy for a Japanese woman following the disasters, down from 86.4 years in 2010 to 85.9 in 2011.
    3 Months lost in the average life expectancy for a Japanese man following the disasters, down from 86.4 years in 2010 to 85.9 in 2011.

  • 19 Mar 2012 3:07 PM | Deleted user
    As we reach the one year anniversary of last year's Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, the Japan America Societies across the United States, alone with other organizations, have contributed a total of $24.2 million to the relief effort.  This extraordinary humanitarian effort has brought relief to the victims, and a new element to the US-Japan grassroots relationship.  On March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, churning up the devastating tsunami that swept over cities and farmland in Northern Japan, and set off warnings as far away as the west coast of the United States, and South America.  Recorded as a 9.0 on the Richter scale, it was the most powerful quake to ever hit the country.

    One year after the tsunami ravaged Japan, incredible progress has been made, but there are many places where more support is still needed to support the victims, especially orphans and other children.

    (Above) an Ofunato street in the heavily hit Iwate Region March 14, 2011, and again January 2012.

    (Above) The Sendai Airport on March 14, 2011, and again in January 2012.
  • 21 Apr 2011 10:10 AM | Anonymous member
    Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan published an open letter of thanks and resolve in the Washington Post, Friday.  In the letter, he thanks Japan's "friends around the world" for the "kizuna ('bonds of friendship')" shown to Japan in the wake of the recent disasters.  In particular, PM Kan thanks the United States, Japan's "most important friend and ally" for its assistance and the assistance of its citizens.  The Prime Minister goes on to express the resolve of the Japanese people in recovering from these tragedies:
    The Japanese people rose from the ashes of the Second World War using our fundamental strength to secure a remarkable recovery and the country’s present prosperity. I have not a single doubt that Japan will overcome this crisis, recover from the aftermath of the disaster, emerge stronger than ever, and establish a more vibrant and better Japan for future generations.
    Please take a moment to read the entire article on the Washington Post's website.
  • 18 Apr 2011 3:05 PM | Anonymous member
    As of April 15, the amount of money raised by Japan/America Societies across the United States has reached $9,000,000! 

    Japan/America societies are intended to foster cooperation and understanding between the peoples of Japan and the United States.  We can all be proud that this mission is being fulfilled in this hour of dire need through the generous contributions of our many donors.

    Thanks, all of you!
  • 29 Mar 2011 1:12 PM | Anonymous member
    Toyota and the Red Cross held a Bluegrass Community Walk on Saturday to benefit the victims of the disasters in Japan.  The walk was held in very cold weather at Coldstream Park and managed to raise about $10,000 for relief!

    Read more about it on Kentucky.com, here.
  • 22 Mar 2011 2:12 PM | Anonymous member
    Representative Steve Riggs has filed a resolution calling on Kentuckians to help the victims of the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan.

    Read more at WKYT's website, here.

    A copy of Representativ'e Riggs' resolution can be found here.
  • 16 Mar 2011 9:07 AM | Anonymous member
    Japan's Emperor Akihito addressed the Japanese people by television today for the first time in the country's history.  His historic message was one of resolve and encouragement.

    See a CNN article about the address, here.

    Read a full translation of the address, here.
  • 15 Mar 2011 10:59 AM | Anonymous member
    JASK Executive Director Matt Krebs was featured last night on local Lexington television news station WKYT.  Matt commented about the impact of the earthquakes and tsunamis on Japan and on JASK.  In addition, Matt mentioned the Kentucky-Japan Relief Fund that JASK is organizing to aid victims of the disaster.

    The interview can be seen here.
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