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Online Event "Shabekuri 8" on the Status Quo of 8 Towns and Villages in Futaba, Fukushima

11th September 2020 15:53

The Fukushima Revitalization Cooperation Center (Renpuku), a Fukushima Prefecture-based intermediary support organization with which JPF has contracted its work, will hold an online symposium called "Shabekuri 8" to tell the story of the current situations in Futaba County. Since it has become even more difficult for outsiders to find out how the region is doing due to the coronavirus pandemic, Renpuku will introduce the challenges faced by the eight towns and villages in Futaba County, such as low birthrate and the aging population. Please join this event!

★Date and Time: Friday, 25 September 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
★Event Delivery Method: Online (via Zoom)
★Registration: With your name, organizational affiliation, and contact information (email address), please send:
1) an email to info@f-renpuku.org, or
2) a fax to 024-573-2733
*Please be sure to write your email address as we will send you a Zoom invitation email will be sent to you.
★Registration Deadline: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
★Main Organizer: Fukushima Revitalization Cooperation Center (Renpuku)
★Support provided by: Futaba County Community Development Council (“Futaba 8”)

▼About Renpuku: https://f-renpuku.org/

Reflections on the Food Bank Operations in Hamadori Region, Fukushima Prefecture

25th August 2020 21:30

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The People, a recipient of JPF's Living Together Fund, has been running a food bank in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, to support those who have become needy as a result of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The People has also been providing food assistance in areas of Iwaki City affected by last year's Typhoon Hagibis.

We have introduced The People’s assistance for the needy through their food bank on the Domestic Division blog in the past. Currently, as part of JPF's coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency response, some of our member NGOs are providing meals and distributing groceries to the needy.

Visit here to read the Domestic Division blog: http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2020/04/06/122646

Areas affected by natural disasters are often considered forerunners in problem solving. This is especially true in the case of communities in Fukushima affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as the same problems they have faced are now surfacing in other areas not necessarily struck by natural disasters but experiencing the blunt of the global pandemic. You might not think that having trouble putting food on the table is a common problem in Japan as a developed country, but this is actually happening right now in this country due to both natural disasters and the pandemic. People’s lives were turned upside down, and it has become difficult for many to feed themselves and their families on a daily basis.

Domestic Division New Blog Post! Staff’s last greetings from JPF

28th July 2020 10:58

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The JPF Domestic Division blog provides an opportunity for JPF staff to let the readers know about our assistance activities in Japan. This is a last post by Yamanaka who has been in charge of Fukushima affairs in the Domestic Division and will be leaving JPF. Please do take a look at the post in which he talks about how he’s confronted challenges in the community that has gone through a disaster, reflects on the path that he has taken, and looks ahead to where he is going next.
Click here for the post: http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2020/07/28/105340

Fukushima Through the Perspective of SDGs

30th June 2020 7:30

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Starting this April, JPF staff have begun writing a series of posts entitled, “Countries Through the Perspective of SDGs,” which introduce the readers to countries and regions with which JPF has ties from the perspective of SDGs and challenges faced in each society.

In the series, different countries in Asia, Europe, and South America have been picked up already, but Japan certainly does not go without mention in this series. The challenges that each country currently faces or has faced in the past may very well be related to what Japan has been going through. In the posts on East Timor (posts no. 8 through 10) and Brazil (posts no. 12 and 13), the issues these respective countries face are described while touching on the situation in the areas of Fukushima where the evacuation order has been lifted.

“Health and welfare for all.”
“Protect the richness of our seas.”
“Protect the richness of our land, too.”

These are written by our staff Tsutomu Yamanaka, who is in charge of Fukushima Affairs in the Domestic Division. Please do take a look!
https://www.japanplatform.org/contents/SDGs/world/

Response to the ­­Great East Japan Earthquake Program Evaluation Report Now on Website

4th May 2020 23:00

Nine full years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. JPF’s Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake Program has had external evaluation professionals conduct regular program evaluations since 2011 in order to analyze and verify how the projects have been implemented, and to improve the projects and how they are managed and operated. The report that has been uploaded at this time is for the program evaluation conducted between fiscal years 2016 and 2019. We are grateful to all who have cooperated with us in this evaluation effort and in the creation of the report.

Please take a look at the report from the link here: http://tohoku.japanplatform.org/report/evaluation.html

Domestic Division New Blog Post: Updates on areas of Fukushima where evacuation order was lifted and support for the needy [Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake]

6th April 2020 12:39

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The new blog post talks about a community event that took place in February in the city of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, that promoted exchange and interaction among people and organizations and the current conditions in the areas where the evacuation order has been lifted within the prefecture. The blog introduces the readers to local activities from the perspective of assistance for the needy and food banks.

Please visit the Domestic Division’s blog here: http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2020/04/06/122646

Great East Japan Earthquake: JPF staff interview article

11th March 2020 19:12

Interview with Tsutomu Yamanaka of JPF’s Domestic Division has been posted on the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan’s website. What are the challenges that remain for communities after the evacuation order has been lifted? How have nonprofit organizations in the prefecture tackled them? We would love for you to find out some of these answers in the article.

“Long-term state of emergency” behind the “Reconstruction Olympics” - Nine years since the earthquake, and listening to voices from the areas affected by it
https://cdp-japan.jp/interview/59

9th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

11th March 2020 10:28

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Today, 11th March, marks nine full years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Once again, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those who have been lost due to this disaster and our heartfelt condolences to their families. Even as nine long years have passed, reconstruction is still in progress in many regions and as many as 48,000 evacuees* from this disaster are still displaced. There have been many more people affected throughout Japan from other large-scale disasters since, including the Kumamoto Earthquake, Western Japan Floods, Typhoon Faxai, and Typhoon Hagibis.

The lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake have contributed to many changes and improvements in how we respond to consequent disasters. At JPF, we will put together our best efforts in our next disaster response as we make the most of all that we have learned from our past relief work. And in partnership and cooperation with many, we will strive to keep the number of casualties as low as possible and to deliver assistance to those in need.

*Reconstruction Agency “Number of Evacuees Nationwide”
(Announced on 28th February 2020; Numbers as of 10th February 2020)
https://bit.ly/39RWiBq

“Art to Heart vol.15 in Sendai” Great East Japan Earthquake Charity Event

27th February 2020 18:09

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Is art necessary? Yes, for your hearts it certainly must be!

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the Abe Keishiro Gallery in Sendai and Gallery Echo Ann in Ginza, Tokyo, have held an exhibition every year entitled, “Art to Heart Charity Exhibition.” Artwork by artists who support this cause of post-disaster revitalization is sold and the proceeds have been donated to relief organizations such as JPF or the Japanese Red Cross Society. We are grateful for all of the donations and are determined to make careful use of these gifts.

This year, the 15th charity exhibition is held in Sendai. You can find Japanese-style paintings as well as pin badges, postcards and an assortment of other items that you may find more accessible. They are also hosting a paper relief print workshop, which will be a great opportunity to learn professional techniques from the artists themselves! Please visit if you are in the neighborhood. (Note: The “Art to Heat” exhibitions at Echo Ann Gallery has come to an end for now after the 13th charity exhibition in 2018.)

“Art to Heart vol.15 in Sendai”
Dates: Thursday 27th February - Tuesday 3rd March *Gallery closed on Wednesdays. Closes at 4 p.m. on the last day.
Venue: Abe Keishiro Gallery (Umehara Building B1, 4-10-16 Ichibancho Aoba-ku Sendai)
Paper Relief Print Workshop: Sunday 1st March, 500-yen participation fee
*Please call 022-796-1527 (at Abe Keishiro Gallery) if you want to participate in the workshop.
Website: http://www.abe-keishiro.jp/
Artists supporting the charity: Yoichi Okano, Hiroyuki Kimura, Shohei Takasaki, Kentaro Hirano, Mikako Fujii, Kazunori Mizuguchi, Yoshimi Yokoyama

Domestic Division New Blog Post! From the business trip to Rikuzentakata, Iwate

27th February 2020 13:05

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This blog post reports on the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture, where JPF staff visited at the end of January 2020 to conduct interviews with the implementation partners of the “Living Together” fund grants. We would love for you to read the accounts of JPF Domestic and Public Relations Division staff on their visit to the Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum (Denshokan) that shares with the world the damages sustained and lessons learned from the tsunami, the planting efforts towards the revitalization of the Takata Pine Forest, and a chance encounter with an old colleague.

JPF’s blog can be read here: http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2020/02/27/123403

Great East Japan Earthquake Themed Play “The Time We Spent in Ishinomaki”

26th February 2020 16:45

The 11th of next month marks the ninth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. This disaster has resulted in over 18,000 deaths and missing persons, and more than 404,000 structures were fully or partially destroyed. Even until today, close to 50,000 people are still displaced and living in temporary housing. The earthquake indeed took a huge toll on the region.

“The Time We Spent in Ishinomaki” (Ishinomaki ni Ita Jikan) is a play based on the experiences of disaster volunteers during the Great East Japan Earthquake, and it will be performed in a theater in Hiroshima on 1st March. I hope you get to feel the real voices and feelings of disaster volunteers through this play.

For more information, please visit this page: https://bit.ly/2TAgCBx

Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake: Interviews with JPF Member NGOs in Ishinomaki and Tokyo

10th February 2020 11:00

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JPF staff members traveled to Ishinomaki on January 31 to conduct interviews for the Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake report meeting. The visit was to the Japan Car Sharing Association (JCSA), an organization receiving grants from the “Living Together” Fund and a JPF member organization 2019, whose car sharing initiatives offer a very interesting form of mobility assistance. Staff members spoke with representative director Yoshizawa to prepare for the upcoming report meeting.

Incidentally, the JPF Public/Media Relations Division had the privilege of attending the 2019 report meeting held by JCSA on January 17 in Tokyo, hearing a story about the association’s foundation, its current initiatives, and other topics. It happened that the day of the meeting was the last day of JCSA’s crowd funding project for which the association reached its goal.

On February 3 in Tokyo, in preparation for the report meeting, we were granted time to interview project staff members at the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) that has continued to provide aid in regions affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake since the earthquake and has been active in aid activities in areas affected by Typhoon Hagibis in October of last year. AAR Japan is a JPF member organization, a “Living Together” Fund grant recipient, and an aid organization based outside the affected areas; for this reason, we take a great interest in the ways of its aid activities.

We will announce the schedule and other details for the Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake report meeting as soon as they are finalized.

Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake Project: Evaluation Meeting with Outside Experts

3rd February 2020 15:00

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JPF enlisted outside experts to carry out an objective evaluation of the Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake Project (FY2016 - FY2019).
JPF staff members today met with the outside experts to discuss the results of their evaluation. We reviewed achievements, issues, and other matters identified in interviews conducted by the experts with organizations commissioned for JPF cooperation, coordination, and support projects and with organizations receiving grants from the “Living Together” Fund. We also had productive discussions on how aid needed in the future should be organized and provided.

A Thank You Message for Donations Generated by the Ocean Project

3rd February 2020 10:00

My name is Ishizaki, and I’m from JPF. I took part in the 70th Ocean Project Charity New Year’s Party 2020 at Yokohama Chinatown, held January 26 at Daichinrou in Yokohama.
The event was held for the first time on Marine Day back in July 2009. Since June 2011, following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the event has helped our humanitarian aid activities.

During the event, JPF Secretary General Takahashi reported on our current aid activities.
The party itself featured a wonderful erhu performance, delicious food from Daichinrou, and sake selected by Sake Samurai, wine, and other beverages.

A portion of the proceeds from each party goes to benefit JPF aid activities. Once again, I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who participated. The donations will go to help affected people.

Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake: Visit to Shinchi Town, Fukushima Prefecture

24th January 2020 21:00

On January 24, JPF staff members visited Shinchi Town in Fukushima Prefecture to talk to Koizumi, the current representative from Miraito,* an organization receiving grants from the “Living Together” Fund.

*Miraito was dissolved as a nonprofit and now operates as a voluntary association.
Miraito continues to organize events on a volunteer basis, including futsal tournaments and Zen meditation classes for elementary school students.

Shinchi Town is developing one of Japan’s premier pump tracks (racing courses for mountain bikers) at Tsurushi Disaster Prevention Green Park, located in a coastal area of the town heavily damaged in the tsunami. Once complete, the track is expected to host international tournaments and other major events.

Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake: Visit to Rikuzentakata

23rd January 2020 18:04

On January 23, JPF staff members visited Rikuzentakata to discuss the Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake report meeting.
The organization they visited was the Rikuzentakata Machizukuri Collaboration Center, which receives grants from the “Living Together” Fund. In preparation for the upcoming report meeting, JPF staff members interviewed center director Miura. Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to talk to us!
While in Rikuzentakata, before the meeting, our staff members visited the Iwate Tsunami Memorial.
The memorial is built on a site between the earthquake-damaged remains of the Michi-no-Eki roadside station and the Ipponmatsu, the lone pine tree that miraculously survived the tsunami. The memorial presents the history of tsunami, information on the tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and testimonials from people affected by the disaster.
Beyond the seawall, you can see rows of recently planted pine saplings overlooking the sea. Everyone is looking forward to seeing a lovely pine grove regenerate.
We will announce the schedule and other details for the Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake report meeting as soon as they are finalized.

Domestic Division blog post released: Monitoring the “Living Together” Fund (Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake)

25th December 2019 14:37

This blog post is a report by Yamazaki of the JPF Domestic Division.

It includes a description of recipient organizations in Fukushima and Yamagata prefectures visited while monitoring the “Living Together” Fund program.

We encourage readers to take a look.

▼ Click here for the JPF blog post.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2019/12/25/142103

Domestic Division blog post released: Fukushima Wide-Area Mental Care Network

12th December 2019 11:54

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This blog post describes a report by Minpuku, a nonprofit.

Minpuku undertakes intermediary aid activities in JPF cooperation and coordination (e.g., networking), enhancing community capabilities, and other activities in Hamadori, Fukushima Prefecture. This report concerns a seminar on mental care, an important topic in recovery support.

We encourage readers to take a look.

▼ Click here for the JPF blog post.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2019/12/12/114221

Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake: Exchange of Opinions on Future Aid at Tarachine in Iwaki

10th December 2019 16:50

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In November, the Japan Platform (JPF) Domestic Division staff held an event to exchange opinions on future aid with Director Suzuki at Mother’s Radiation Lab Fukushima (Tarachine), a recipient organization of the “Living Together” Fund. The walls of the expanded office featured pictures drawn by children, among others.

Established primarily by mothers in the city of Iwaki, Tarachine has engaged in various support activities, including undertaking measurements to confirm the safety of food and living environments. Recently, it prepared a picture book to make it easier to grasp analytical methods and made a poster presentation at the 22nd national academic conference in Okinawa of Four Winds for Infant Mental Health (24th November) on visualizing the psychological impact on mothers and children in affected areas and future topics.

The Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) staff member Ohara, who oversees that organization’s aid projects for people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, also participated in this meeting. AAR Japan is implementing a Regional Revitalization Project to aid people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake (not a JPF project). It also continues to undertake activities including providing support for temporary housing and organizing events to help people affected by Typhoon Hagibis.

The future outlook for Tarachine, including ideas presented at this meeting, will be introduced at a later date.

▼ Click here for the Tarachine picture book.
https://www.facebook.com/tarachineiwaki/posts/3161292530608819?__tn__=-R

Domestic Division blog post released: Considering Those Living in Poverty in Fukushima: Fukushima Neighbors Network

28th November 2019 17:00

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This blog post introduces a report by the Fukushima Cooperative Reconstruction Center (Renpuku).

Renpuku undertakes prefectural intermediary aid activities involving JPF cooperation and coordination (e.g., networking), enhancing community capabilities, and other activities for affected areas in Fukushima Prefecture. This report concerns a workshop on initiatives to help those living in poverty, an important topic in Fukushima.

We encourage readers to take a look.

▼ Click here for the JPF blog post.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2019/11/28/151006

Typhoon Hagibis: Touring Areas Affected by Typhoon Hagibis Together with an Expert on Humanitarian Aid

13th November 2019 18:00

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On 11th November, the JPF staff toured areas of the Tohoku region devastated by Typhoon Hagibis, together with Jessica Alexander (Professor, Columbia University; Fulbright Scholar; Visiting Researcher, Sophia University; Advisor, Humanitarian Policy, United Nations), an expert on humanitarian aid. In April, Ms. Alexander also took part in a tour of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

▼ Click here for more information on Jessica Alexander’s tour of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2019/07/11/130125

This tour of affected areas included opportunities to hear from people involved in NGOs and nonprofits engaged in aid activities in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. Plans call for presenting Ms. Alexander’s report on the tour on the JPF Domestic Division blog and elsewhere at a later date.

* Photo: At the Iwaki Disaster Volunteer Center, operated by JPF member NGO Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV)

Domestic Division blog post released: JPF Takes Part in a Conference at the Fukushima Cooperative Reconstruction Center in Fukushima Prefecture on Addressing the Impact of Typhoon Hagibis

29th October 2019 19:30

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This JPF blog post provides a brief report on a hastily convened conference held at the Fukushima Cooperative Reconstruction Center (Renpuku) to address the impact of Typhoon Hagibis.

Among the topics discussed at the conference was a proposal to establish a Fukushima Disaster Aid Activity Platform in which various organizations in Fukushima would take part.

We encourage readers to take a look at the report and to support aid activities carried out in the wider affected area, including Fukushima.

▼ Click here for the JPF blog post.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2019/10/29/154724

Domestic Division blog post released: JPF Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake Project: Initiatives to Address Issues in Japan As Seen in the Village of Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture

18th September 2019 19:30

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This JPF blog post by Yamanaka of the Domestic Division mainly introduces initiatives by the Kawauchi Village Community Future Project in the village of Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture.

Initiatives in Kawauchi, where residents continue to return since the evacuation order was lifted, are among the first to address issues expected to concern all of Japan, including the threat to cultural continuity in communities stemming from Japan’s low birth rates and aging society.

We encourage readers to take a look.

▼ Click here for the JPF blog post.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2019/09/18/104125

Business Insider Japan: Proposals for Reducing Burdens on Local Governments of Affected Areas and Eliminating Disparities

2nd September 2019 14:01

Business Insider Japan has published an article written by Yukihiko Akutsu, a former JPF Domestic Division Manager and currently director-general for the headquarters for comprehensive disaster management of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan as member of the House of Representatives, concerning the vision of nonpartisan efforts to prevent disasters.

We encourage readers to take a look.

▼ Click here for the article.
https://www.businessinsider.jp/post-197858?fbclid=IwAR2Nt-XFq5wFX9w6Zh68rRPFzyNFhx7o92VSOCoNPwxer7tqXrVkDiqfr-A

BuzzFeed News Publishes an Interview with Yoshitomo Nara

1st September 2019 20:00

In the JPF X ART Project, JPF visited a refugee camp in Syria together with artist Yoshitomo Nara.

This interview with Mr. Nara by Senior Fellow Daisuke Furuta, founding editor of BuzzFeed Japan, is titled “Alternatives to Despair in a Time of Disaster, Death, and Division.” In it, Mr. Nara describes his experiences in the Great East Japan Earthquake, at the refugee camp, and elsewhere.

We encourage readers to take a look.

▼ Click here for the interview.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/jp/daisukefuruta/nara

A Researcher from Taiwan Interviews a JPF Staff Member

9th August 2019 19:30

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On 5th August, Shu Hsin Lin Ph.D from National Taipei University, Department of Public Administration and Policy visited JPF for an interview. Prof. Lin, an expert in public administration and nonprofit organizations, also holds a Ph.D from the Graduate School of Nagoya University.

This summer, Prof. Lin is resident in Japan under a research grant from the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, surveying and researching nonprofit and NGO roles and issues in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Prof. Lin interviewed Yamanaka of the JPF Domestic Division.

Following an explanation of JPF’s organization and activities, Prof. Lin asked questions on the roles of JPF and issues faced in responding to the Great East Japan Earthquake; the advantages of networking among local nonprofits, government agencies, and social welfare councils; relations between JPF and national and local governments; the activities of other NGOs and other organizations; and issues related to cooperation and communication in affected areas. Questions also addressed the disaster prevention efforts of JPF and other NGOs.

Prof. Lin hopes to continue interviewing various organizations, including those engaged in aid activities in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and organizations engaged in disaster prevention efforts in Japan. Plans call for survey results to be released through academic papers, reports, and other means.

It is our hope that sharing information on the activities of JPF and other Japanese nonprofits and NGOs, and knowledge gained from such activities will lead to appropriate disaster prevention and mitigation efforts across Asia.

Thanks to All Who Donated at the Miyagi Local Sake Tasting Event

19th July 2019 19:30

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My name is Ishizaki, and I’m from JPF.

On the evening of 16th July, I took part in a Miyagi local sake tasting event at Yuka Yamazaki’s dining showroom in Roppongi, PaRs. The local sake and food served at the event reminded me of participants’ deep love for their hometowns. I look forward to another event of this kind to be held soon.

Once again, attendees made generous donations to JPF. As conflict and disasters proliferate in Japan and around the world, the need for aid goes unmet. We are truly grateful to all those who donated. Their valuable funds will be put to effective use in aid activities.

Domestic Division blog post released: JPF Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake Project: Report on Visit by Jessica Alexander

11th July 2019 19:30

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This JPF blog post introduces a report by Ms. Jessica Alexander on her 23rd-24th April 2019 tour of aid organizations of JPF Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Ms. Alexander (Fulbright Scholar; Visiting Researcher, Sophia University) lectures on humanitarian aid efficacy and accountability at New York University and at the Graduate School of Columbia University. She is highly experienced in evaluating and responding to humanitarian crises caused by natural disaster and human conflicts.

We encourage readers to learn more about Ms. Alexander’s thoughts on the two-day visit.

▼ Click here for the JPF blog post.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2019/07/11/130125

Thanks to All Those Who Donated at the 88th Japanese Sake Culture Event, an Event Launched for Aid to Tohoku

25th June 2019 19:30

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My name is Ishizaki, and I’m from JPF.
On 13th June, I took part in the 88th Japanese sake culture event, held at Hotel Wing International Premium Tokyo Yotsuya. This was the 88th iteration of such event, launched in February of the year after the Great East Japan Earthquake to aid sake brewers in the Tohoku region and held monthly ever since.

Based on the theme of enjoying Kikubijin sake from Fukuoka Prefecture and featuring a visit from popular female kodanshi (kodan storyteller) Ichika Tanabe, this meeting welcomed a capacity crowd of 65 participants.

It also welcomed as special guest Dr. Satoko Nachi, who procures medical aid for Myanmar. She spoke on aid activities in Myanmar.

Attendees donated to JPF activities. JPF will put these generous donations to effective use in activities to aid those affected by disasters. We appreciate your continued support.

A Prayer for Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake: An Exhibition of Works by Ito Jakuchu (Ending Soon)

2nd May 2019 21:00

An exhibition of works by Ito Jakuchu is being held through Monday, 6th May at the Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art to pray for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Born to a greengrocer family in Kyoto in 1716, Jakuchu studied with the Kano School, Chinese paintings of the Song and Yuan dynasties, and other art forms, and eventually developed his own unique style.
This exhibition combines Jakuchu’s thoughts on seeing the ruins of Kyoto after the Great Fire of the Tenmei period in 1788 with prayers for the recovery of Fukushima, devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The fusuma sliding door painting “Lotus Pond” created by Jakuchu at Saifukuji Temple in Osaka, to which Jakuchu evacuated, embodies hopes for the recovery of his ruined hometown. (The lotus pond painting was exhibited 26th March through 14th April.)

The Voice of Those Affected in Fukushima: “Fukushima Speaks,” an Eyewitness Documentary, Now Screening

26th April 2019 19:30

“Fukushima Speaks” is an eyewitness documentary that gathers eyewitness accounts of 14 people from Fukushima, chosen from interviews with nearly 100 people affected by the nuclear accident in Fukushima conducted painstakingly over four years by Toshikuni Doi, an independent journalist who has produced documentaries on Palestine for many years.

According to Mr. Doi, if viewers find a speaker’s talk boring, the documentary is a failure. If viewers are drawn into the narrative and watch until the end, a documentary is a work with significance.
Mr. Doi’s direction underscores the power of words from affected people.

▼ Click here for information, including a summary of the film, cinemas where it’s currently showing, schedules, and how to request a showing.
http://www.doi-toshikuni.net/j/fukushima/

Domestic Division blog post uploaded: Hamadori of Fukushima Prefecture Now and in the Future (report meeting organized by JPF held on 5th March on the Coordination Project commissioned by the Reconstruction Agency)

30th March 2019 22:00

  • 復興庁の事業を通じて、地域と行政の協働に関わることができた
  • 家庭菜園と産品づくりの組合せで行われる小高の見守り体制を紹介
  • 双葉郡の内側からの情報発信を続ける双葉郡未来会議、ふたばいんふぉの活動の活動紹介

On 11th March, Fukushima marked the eighth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Since fiscal 2017, in addition to Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, JPF has drawn on the Coordination Project commissioned by the Reconstruction Agency to support networking efforts among aid providers to address various topics, ranging from community revitalization in parts of Fukushima where evacuation orders have been lifted to living in poverty, an issue at risk of spreading across the whole prefecture. On 5th March, a meeting was held in Tokyo to report on related activities.

Guests currently involved in various activities to revitalize communities where life had been suspended by the disaster shared information on related issues and described their activities.
A shared view of those continuing activities in the region was the need to communicate information on their own regions themselves.

Titled “Fukushima Now and in the Future,” this post by Fujiwara of the JPF Domestic Division focuses on gaps between circulated information and reality.

We encourage readers to take a look.

▼ Click here for Fujiwara’s blog post.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2019/03/30/180230

Seminar on Creating Opportunities for Exchange and Mental Care to be Held Tomorrow

12th March 2019 16:35

Médecins du Monde, a nonprofit that provides mental care to affected people and evacuees in Fukushima, plans to hold a seminar on creating opportunities for exchange and mental care.

In addition to providing funding assistance to Médecins du Monde through the “Living Together” Fund, JPF provides networking support for aid organizations involved in mental care in Fukushima. JPF also supports this seminar.

The seminar is intended to consider mental care alongside participants by sharing information on experiences, lessons, and challenges related to the aid activities undertaken to date by Médecins du Monde.

The goals are to broaden the base of psychosocial aid by making it possible for even non-experts to get in touch with experts and learn about how support for building opportunities for exchange is linked to mental care in the broad sense. We encourage all those interested to participate.

Date and time: Wednesday, 13th March 2019 13:00-16:00
Location: Meeting Rooms 1, 2, and 3, Manabi no Mori, Tomioka Town Art & Media Center (622-1 Motooka Otsuka, Tomikoka-machi, Futaba-gun, Fukushima Prefecture)
Application: https://ssl.form-mailer.jp/fms/e74ac060610563
Or, apply by telephone or fax referring to the reverse side of the flyer.
Organizer: Médecins du Monde (MdM)
Cosponsors: Soma Wide-Area Mental Healthcare Center NAGOMI, Minpuku, Fukushima Cooperative Reconstruction Center
Support: Japan Platform (JPF), Fukushima Center for Disaster Mental Care

▼ See the following URL for more information.
https://www.japanplatform.org/info/2019/03/121108.html

Eight Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake ②

11th March 2019 19:10

Reread the March 2013 message from Yoshitomo Nara.
https://www.japanplatform.org/contents/narayoshitomo/

Eight Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake

11th March 2019 14:21

It’s been a full eight years since the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Once again, we want to express our sincere condolences for all those who died in the disaster and our best wishes for surviving family members.

The mission of the Japan Platform (JPF) is to listen to the voices of those who continue to live as evacuees and of those affected by the earthquake and nuclear accident, as well as to closely support and work hand in hand with each of them as they make progress on the road to recovery.

All members of JPF staff are profoundly grateful for the support provided to date.

Press Event on 5th March: Starting from zero: Hamadori community revitalization debrief meeting: Three years since the lifting of evacuation orders

23rd February 2019 22:00

Eight years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and about three years since residents who had evacuated following the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident began returning home. Recovery activities by returned residents still continue, reflecting their hopes for community revitalization.

This meeting is intended to gain a better understanding of the current state and future outlook for recovery in the Hamadori area, based on reports on the current state of their hometowns from those active in hometown revival in Fukushima, from which they were evacuated and barred from returning for a certain period, as well as on community revitalization initiatives and future prospects.

Date and time: 5th March 2019 14:00-15:00
* After the report meeting, a reception approximately one hour long will be held to exchange business cards and speak freely with those presenting reports, including requests for interviews.
Location: C-WORK
4F, Kojimachi Central Building, 2-2-4 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Application: Admission free of charge. Please email your name, affiliation, title, and email address to the following address:
JPF Domestic Division (Tohoku Office), attn. Fujiwara: wataru.fujiwara@japanplatform.org
Tel: 022-399-7997, Fax: 022-399-7998
Language: Japanese
Organizer: Japan Platform (Domestic Division/Reconstruction Agency, Coordination Project for support of disaster-affected people)
* This report meeting is being held as a part of the Coordination Project to support disaster-affected people commissioned by the Reconstruction Agency.

▼ See the following URL for more information.
https://www.japanplatform.org/info/2019/02/211558.html

Press Event on 14th February (Thursday): Fukushima Disaster Eight Years On: What Does It Teach Us About Internal Displacement?

31st January 2019 23:00

Evacuation orders have been successively lifted across Fukushima. As the year 2020 approaches, memories of the disaster are fading, making current conditions hard to discern.

Fukushima’s complex current conditions, including the divisions between those who evacuated and those who did not and the divisions of communities and families, as well as employment instability and disaster-related mortality, suggest issues that we may very well face in the future, both in Japan and around the world.

Together with the issues of domestic displacement, how should we view Fukushima today? What lessons does it have for ourselves? How can we put the lessons of Fukushima to use?

It is our hope that this event will serve as an opportunity to hear insights on the issues from the perspective of expert eyewitnesses and the voices of the parties directly affected in Fukushima, based on domestic and international trends, and to consider and communicate other related information.

It is our hope that members of the media will participate as well.

Date and time: Thursday, 14th February 2019 13:30-14:30

Location: C-WORK, (4F, Kojimachi Central Building, 2-2-4 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Approx. 1 min. walk from Exit 6 of Hanzomon Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, approx. 4 min. walk from Exit 3 of Kojimachi Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line

Language: Japanese
* Simultaneous interpretation (English) will be available for foreign media.

Application: Admission is free of charge.
Please contact the Japan Platform Public/Media Relations Division (tel. 03-6261-4035) directly or email info@japanplatform.org (use the subject header “7th Media Colloquium.” Clearly indicate your name, affiliation, title, and email address).

▼ See the following website for more information.
https://www.japanplatform.org/info/2019/01/291752.html

Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake: Disaster Prevention Lessons for Heads of Local Governments (Fukushima Minyu Shimbun)

30th January 2019 12:00

The Fukushima Minyu Shimbun newspaper reported on the first Top 59 Fukushima disaster prevention lesson program held in Minami-soma. The program’s purpose was to teach heads of local governments, who lead disaster response efforts, on how to respond to emergencies.

This program involved a drill based on an imaginary town struck by an earthquake rating an upper six on the Japanese seismic intensity scale. Heads of local governments were informed that the disaster had resulted in 10 deaths, 100 injured people, and about one thousand evacuees.

Participants including Mayor Yuko Endo of the village of Kawauchi, Mayor Shiro Izawa of the town of Futaba, and Mayor Hiroshi Shinoki of the village of Katsurao considered policies with an eye one week into the future, including handling of evacuees and responding to secondary damage, and determined the priority of disaster response activities, all assuming roles of a disaster task force four days after the quake, when the focus of activities shifts from saving lives to aid for the living.

Then, in a mock press conference staged with the cooperation of Fukushima Minyu Shimbun and others, they answered realistic questions: “Did you make plans to respond to the possibility of heatstroke and other dangers in evacuation centers during summer?”

Mayor Endo, who led the evacuation of his entire village in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear power plant accident, commented, “This was an important program. The role-playing reminded me of the earthquake and the associated circumstances. I noticed some new things, as well, including the importance of anticipating the future from the point of view of affected persons.”

Fukushima Minyu Shimbun website:
https://www.minyu-net.com/

Domestic Division blog post: Fukushima Still Needs Volunteers: Saigai Fukkou Shien Volunteer Net

26th December 2018 19:00

  • 牛のエサ用と暖房のペレット用の見本
  • 活動中のボランティア
  • 災害復興支援ボランティアネットのボランティアセンター立ち上げ時から使用している支援車両

Even now, eight years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, each day sees overwhelming requests for volunteers in Fukushima.
Tsutomu Yamanaka of the Domestic Division wrote a blog post on the activities of Saigai Fukkou Shien Volunteer Net to meet the needs for volunteers through support from JPF’s “Living Together” Fund.
We encourage readers to take a look at this blog post to see what kinds of volunteers truly are in need today.

▼ Click here for Yamanaka’s blog post.
https://bit.ly/2UftfAS

Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake: Fukushima Minyu Shimbun Reports on Fire Squads Made Up Chiefly of Town Employees in Areas Where Most Returnees are Senior Citizens and the Working Population is Small.

21st December 2018 19:00

Fukushima Minyu Shimbun reported on a shortage of volunteer firefighters in the town of Namie, where the evacuation order was lifted in March of last year.
Today in Namie, most returnees are senior citizens. Very few people of the working generation here can contribute to fire and disaster prevention efforts. The paucity of people with any experience in volunteer firefighting activities from before the disaster and the difficulty of finding time to train due to responsibilities of their regular work have created a shortage of volunteer firefighters. This is a major issue for the town.
While there has been no need to mobilize the volunteer squad, the article points to worry about the ability of the current squad to respond effectively if called to the site of a fire.
A man who joined a fire squad after moving from outside the prefecture to assist with recovery efforts is now in the town of Hiroo, working to develop a rescue drone. He talked about his wishes for future activities that if an industry related to advanced technologies takes root in the town through his firefighting activities, it will become possible for people to get jobs for the recovery of the town, which will then increase the numbers of young residents.

▼ Click here for the Fukushima Minyu Shimbun article.
https://www.minyu-net.com/news/sinsai/serial/0709/FM20181211-333116.php

Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake: Yellow Handkerchiefs Embody Well-wishes for People’s Hometowns: Fukushima Minyu Shimbun

19th November 2018 21:00

Fukushima Minyu Shimbun reports that the Hosoya administrative district of the town of Futaba, where the evacuation order in response to the accident at the Tokyo Electric Power Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant remains in effect, has presented 40 yellow handkerchiefs to the Yamakiya district in the town of Kawamata.
These yellow handkerchiefs, which embody well-wishes for people’s hometowns, are hung from a Japanese zelkova tree; those hung on the east side of the tree are for the people of Futaba and on the west side for the people of the Yamakiya district. The handkerchiefs stirred by the wind recall scenes from the film “The Yellow Handkerchief.”

Inspired by the film, this effort embodies the hopes of the communities to return to their hometowns someday. Manabu Takashima, chief of the Hosoya administrative district, says he hopes they will come to represent the ties linking Futaba and Yamakiya, Kawamata.

▼ Fukushima Minyu Shimbun website:
https://www.minyu-net.com/

Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake: Fukushima Tree-planting Festival: A Starting Point for Linking the Forest to the Future: Fukushima Minyu Shimbun

6th November 2018 19:00

Fukushima Minyu Shimbun reports on a Fukushima tree-planting festival held on the 4th of this month in the city of Minamisoma, which sustained heavy damage during the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Three thousand people participated in this tree-planting festival--the first of its kind--based on the following theme: “Creating a forest of hope to link to the future,” in which 27,000 saplings including Japanese black pine were planted.
The goal is to revive the protective coastal woods heavily damaged by the tsunami.

As with recovery and reconstruction, it will take time for the saplings planted here to grow up to fulfill their function as a protective coastal forest.
The hope is that this initiative will help children learn about the importance of afforestation activities and that the trees planted in this festival will safeguard the future of the children.

New entry posted on the Domestic Division’s blog: Teaching Children about the Roots of Their Hometown of Kawauchi: Hands-on Experience Fishing for Char

31st October 2018 22:30

  •  Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
  •  Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
  •  Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
  •  Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake

As part of the Coordination Project to support disaster-affected people commissioned by the Reconstruction Agency, JPF is seeking to strengthen network infrastructures and develop human resources in areas of Hamadori, Fukushima Prefecture where evacuation orders have been lifted.
Tsutomu Yamanaka of the Domestic Division has written a blog post about the original landscape of the village of Kawauchi, which faces the threat of disappearing after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant, and about children experiencing the abundant natural surroundings of the village.

▼Click here for Yamanaka’s blog post.
https://bit.ly/2vsnVC5

Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake: Seven and a Half Years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Number of Evacuees Remains at 58,000: Mainichi Shimbun

27th September 2018 23:00

Today, seven and a half years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Mainichi Shimbun reports that 58,000 people continue to live as evacuees.
While arrangements are proceeding to build the planned 30,000 units of public disaster housing, populations in the three affected prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima continue to age. The population aging rate exceeds the national average in more than 80 percent of affected municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture.
In Fukushima, in areas where evacuation orders have been lifted, a mere 20% of the original residents have returned. It appears it will take more time to achieve recovery in Fukushima and other prefectures of the Tohoku region.

Domestic Division blog post: Seeing Fukushima as a Living Example of Forced Relocation and Technological Disasters

30th August 2018 12:00

  • RLIのワークショップで発表するモシニャガ アンナ
  • ワークショップが行われたロンドン大学本部(Senate House)

Ana Mosneaga of the JPF Program Development Division participated in a workshop on domestic evacuee issues, held in London in late July. In this workshop, she presented on issues related to domestic evacuees, using Fukushima as an example.

Many might wonder about the relationship between domestic evacuees and JPF’s domestic projects. In fact, the domestic disasters to which JPF has responded, such as the Great East Japan Earthquake, Kumamoto Earthquake, and recent torrential downpours in western Japan, have all generated an outflow of domestic evacuees.

Many participants at the London workshop voiced their interest in the presentation, on learning more, and in obtaining copies of the presentation materials.
We encourage readers to take a look at Ana Mosneaga’s blog post.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2018/08/29/153716

High School Students from Affected Prefectures Meet to Forge Visions for Recovery: Fukushima Minyu Shimbun

26th August 2018 18:00

Fukushima Minyu Shimbun reports on a meeting between high school students from the cities of Minamisoma and Soma and eight high school students from the cities of Uki and Uto, which were heavily damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake in April 2016.
The students took part in group discussions based on the theme, “What we can do as high school students who have experienced earthquakes.” Afterwards, they plan to tour the Soma area where recovery efforts are underway, seeking to articulate visions for recovery in Kumamoto.
“It was a really valuable experience to talk to high school students from Fukushima who went through the earthquake,” said a student from Kumamoto who took part in this event. “It once again raised our awareness of disaster prevention.”

Preparing for Future Domestic Disasters: JPF Efforts to Ensure the Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake Are Not Forgotten

29th July 2018 10:00

In addition to delivering aid in response to disasters and crises, JPF strives to ensure that the lessons from Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, ongoing since 11th March 2011, can be applied in disaster aid activities across the country.

For example, in providing aid to people affected by the Kumamoto Earthquake, activities following the emergency aid phase shifted to a focus on enhancing community capabilities, centered on human resource development for local nonprofits and strengthening organizational infrastructures to support these human resources, in cooperation with the Kumamoto Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (KVOAD). Training is also being provided to learn from areas affected by previous disasters, including the Great East Japan Earthquake.

In addition, in cooperation with third-party organizations including the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, the Sanaburi Foundation, and Dentsu Inc., we are verifying aid activities undertaken to date in the Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake in an objective way. The findings are being summarized as recommendations for future domestic disasters.

Guest House Aotasou, a Center for Recovery in the Town of Namie, Slated to Open

19th June 2018 18:00

Greetings, everyone.
My name is Komino. I am a co-chairperson at JPF. I would like to describe some of the topics I learned about on a visit to Fukushima last weekend.
Guest House Aotasou, an accommodations facility operated by the management of Namitomo, which also participates in JPF’s local networking co-creation project, will open at the end of June 2018. The population of Namie was about 21,000 people before the disaster. To date, even after the lifting of evacuation orders, fewer than 800 people have returned.

It will take time and effort for residents of Namie to return to their hometown. The process will involve cleaning up their homes, remodeling, confirming daily rhythms and infrastructures, and restarting their lives as families. Some of these tasks can be completed on day visits by residents who have evacuated elsewhere in the prefecture, but are very difficult to complete from outside the prefecture. Guest House Aotasou was inspired by inquiries about places to serve as a base for returnees and incomers from outside the prefecture. I spoke with Aotasou’s managers Izumi and Kobayashi.

They told me that this facility, which can accommodate up to 15 guests, seeks to establish ways in which people can work together in enjoyable ways while living in Namie--for example, by organizing regular parties and festivals for returnees and incomers to the community. It holds a wide range of events as it seeks to become a place where anyone can gather in Namie. Someone once said, I’m told: “The process of recovery will be complete when people return to this town, where the population once dropped to zero. What remains is community development.” It seems that the key to rebuilding a town whose entire population fled once is to make community building fun.

Instead of worrying too much about the details of recovery, young people will build a new Namie where at one point no one lived. I look forward to seeing the future of this town. Guest House Aotasou also has a Facebook page. They’d love to hear from anyone interested in their facility, at any time!

“Art to Heart” Great East Japan Earthquake Charity Exhibition Announced

2nd June 2018 12:00

The Art to Heart exhibition is being held at Gallery Echo-ann over an eight-day period from today, 2nd June, through 9th June. This is the 13th Art to Heart exhibition, an event that began when artists got together to respond to the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
This 13th exhibition is also the final one in Tokyo for a while.
Some of the sales from this charity event, in which outstanding artists donate sales of their works to aid affected areas, will be donated to JPF.
A JPF donation box has been set up at the exhibition.
Interested readers are encouraged to attend this exhibition to view works by these truly wonderful artists.

Location: Gallery Echo-ann
8F, Ginza Building, 3-3-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
http://echo-ann.jp
One minute from Exit C8/three minutes from Exit A13 of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Station
Five minutes from Exit 8 of the Tokyo Metro Ginza 1-chome Station

Domestic Division blog post: What Do We Tell Our Children? An Informal Conversation about Raising Children in Kawauchi

17th April 2018 12:00

  •  Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
  •  Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
  •  Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake

Is there anything you’d like to tell the children in your community?
In the village of Kawauchi, Futaba-gun, Fukushima Prefecture, where some 70% of the population has returned because its evacuation order was lifted relatively early, one-half of the children who once lived there have not returned. Here, an event was held as part of efforts to communicate the wonders of the village’s natural environment, its way of life, and a culture based on coexistence with nature. Tsutomu Yamanaka of JPF reports on this event from on site.
For details, see the Domestic Division blog by Japan Platform (JPF) staff.
https://bit.ly/33pe0JT

Secrets of Fukushima Published

3rd April 2018 10:58

Fukushima Prefecture has produced Secrets of Fukushima: Earthquake Memories and Connections, an educational manga for elementary school students intended to communicate the experiences and lessons of the disaster to the next generation.
According to Mainichi Shimbun , the lead characters are four fourth-graders, three boys and one girl, from the coastal Hamadori region, who meet after the earthquake in an evacuation center in the city of Koriyama. “Even kids can help out!” exclaims the girl, who lost her grandfather to the tsunami, calling the three boys to join her in aiding evacuees. Even after moving to new homes in different locations both inside and outside the prefecture, through their efforts to confront the disaster, the four continue to grow.
It’s an interesting read, even for adult readers.
All children entering elementary school this spring were born after the disaster.
JPF continues to provide aid to affected people and communicate information on the current state of affected areas via its website.

An Introduction to a JPF Aid Project: Activities of Mothers Who Chose to Live in Fukushima

12th March 2018 23:00

  • Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
  • Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake

What’s safe for our children to eat?

Food in Fukushima Prefecture is tested for radiation before shipping. All the same, people remain fearful of radiation, which is invisible and has no distinctive odor or feel. Perhaps this is especially true of mothers, who want to protect not just themselves, but their children.

Mother’s Radiation Lab Fukushima (Tarachine) is a nonprofit based in Onahama, Iwaki, which began radiation measurement activities to help address these concerns. Most of Tarachine’s staff members are women and mothers. Starting out with no knowledge of radiation whatsoever, they learned measurement techniques and, with grants from the JPF “Living Together” Fund, continued to enhance their equipment and techniques. Introduced below are activities of the people who chose to continue to live in Fukushima while measuring and learning about the source of their unease.
https://bit.ly/3d52O9H

Seven Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake

11th March 2018 12:06

As of today, 11th March, it’s been a full seven years since the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Even now, many people are forced to live as evacuees under unforgiving living conditions. JPF expresses its sincere condolences for all those who perished as a result of the disaster. We will continue to give close support to each of those who continue to live as evacuees and those affected by the earthquake and the nuclear accident and work with them as we move along the road to recovery.

An Introduction to a JPF Aid Project: Communicating a Community’s History as a Fishing Village to Children Who Never Knew It

10th March 2018 23:00

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  •  Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
  •  Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake

“Wow, fishermen are so cool!”
The people of Hisanohama in Hamadori, Fukushima once lived on fishing. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, due to the effects of the tsunami and nuclear power plant accident, the fisherpeople here were forced to voluntarily refrain from fishing. The numbers of those plying this trade in the next generation continue to decline. Apparently, growing numbers of children born and raised in the Hisanohama area do not even know that their hometown was once a fishing village. Should this continue, it may be that there will not be enough fisherpeople here and the fishing-based community will dissolve. Eventually, that would lead to the fall of the town.

In response, to revitalize Hisanohama, Wunder ground, a nonprofit whose activities have been based in Iwaki, has risen up with grants from the JPF “Living Together” Fund. At a fishing-related event held to stimulate the community, children could be heard exclaiming “Wow, fishermen are so cool!” See the JPF website for details of these activities.
https://bit.ly/2wdjbk3

A Great East Japan Earthquake Event Announced

5th March 2018 23:00

On 21st March (Wednesday, a holiday), the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan), a JPF member NGO, will hold a discussion event on current conditions at Fukushima: “Seven Years Since the Earthquake: The Joy of Returning and the Resolve Not to Return.”
Date and time: 21st March 2018 (Wednesday, a holiday), 14:00-16:00 (doors open at 13:30)
Venue: Exchange Space, 6F, AAR Office
(6F, Mizuho Building, 2-12-2 Kamiosaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo)
Two minutes’ walk from Meguro Station on the JR, Tokyu Meguro, Tokyo Metro Namboku, and Toei Mita lines
Admission: 1,000 yen
Capacity: 60 persons (first come, first served; please apply in advance)

A Discussion Event, “The Earthquake Isn’t Over: Minamisoma Today,” Announced for 9th March

16th February 2018 13:00

Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA), a JPF member NGO, will hold a discussion event titled “The Earthquake Isn’t Over: Minamisoma Today.”
Soon, seven years will have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. In the Odaka district of the city of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, a mere 20% of the original residents have returned since the evacuation order due to the nuclear accident was lifted one and a half years ago.
Amid fear and confusion since the earthquake, Manabiai Minamisoma has continued to play a leading role in community rebuilding and efforts to ensure safe lives for children. Why not join Manabiai Minamisoma representative Mikako Takahashi in considering the issues facing Minamisoma and what we can do now?

● Date and time: 9th March 2018 (Friday) 19:00-20:30
● Venue: Tokyo Office, Shanti Volunteer Association, 1F, Jibo Kaikan
● Admission: Free of charge
● Theme: Learning about current conditions in areas affected by the nuclear accident and seeking new possibilities for aid and cooperation

An Introduction to the Realities of the Great East Japan Earthquake

19th February 2018 17:00

JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog.
This latest post introduces three challenges in the field of aid in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Even now, nearly eight years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, people still face various challenges in the affected areas on the road to recovery.
We encourage readers to take a look.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2018/02/19/110253

A Thank-you Message to Those Who Participated in the JPF Sixth Media Colloquium: Fukushima Seven Years Later: Three Proposals to Link Mental Care Efforts

13th February 2018 23:00

JPF held a media colloquium today in a meeting room of the Reconstruction Agency, where numerous attendees, including 10 media members, gathered to exchange opinions. Thanks to all those who participated!
JPF continues to strengthen its aid efforts for Fukushima even now, seven years after it began providing aid on site from the day of the 11th March earthquake. At this event, JPF presented information on the current phase of mental care. In addition, three proposals from the field for those outside Fukushima were presented by experts who have continued to run a mental care project and frequented for the seven years the regions of Hamadori, Fukushima, where evacuation orders have been lifted. Details will be introduced on the website at a later date. Don’t miss it!

Press Event Starting at 14:00 on 13th February (Tuesday): JPF Sixth Media Colloquium: Fukushima Seven Years Later: Three Proposals to Link Mental Care Efforts

9th February 2018 23:00

It’s been seven years since the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Fukushima has entered a new phase, in which the practical effects of the rapid lifting of evacuation orders over the past year or two mingle with existing topics specific to Fukushima.

How have people affected by the 11th March disaster confronted the need for mental care over the past seven years? What will they need in the future?

JPF has continually strengthened its aid efforts on behalf of Fukushima throughout the seven years since it began providing aid on site on the day of the 11th March earthquake. At this event, it will present information on the current phase of mental care. In addition, three proposals from the field for those outside of Fukushima will be presented by experts who have continued to run a mental care project and frequented for the seven years the regions of Hamadori, Fukushima, where evacuation orders have been lifted.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Date and time: 13th February (Tuesday) 14:00-15:00
Location: Executive Meeting Room (621), 6F, Reconstruction Agency, Central Government Building No. 4
Application: Admission free of charge. Please email info@japanplatform.org (enter the subject header “6th Media Colloquium” and clearly state your name, affiliation, title, and email address).

1. The JPF Coordination Project commissioned by the Reconstruction Agency and changes in phases in Fukushima mental care (Tsutomu Yamanaka/Representative of JPF Domestic Division in Fukushima)
2. The goals of the three proposals to link mental care efforts in Fukushima (Koichi Tamate/Médecins du Monde)
3. Three proposals to link mental care efforts in Fukushima: Communications from the field
(Takako Okawa/Director, The Association for Establishing a New Psychiatric Care, Health and Welfare System in Soso; Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Fukushima Medical University)
(Kayo Fushimi/Public Health Nurse, Soma Wide-Area Mental Healthcare Center NAGOMI)
(Ippei Kowata/Volunteer, Médecins du Monde; psychiatrist)
(Kayo Fushimi/Public Health Nurse, Soma Wide-Area Mental Healthcare Center NAGOMI)
(Village of Kawauchi: Keiko Ikari/Public Health Nurse, Health and Welfare Section, Health and Welfare Department, Village of Kawauchi)
(Town of Namie: Nahoko Kobayashi/Coordinator for Namie and Odaka, JPF Reconstruction Agency Coordination Project)
(Odaka District: Yuko Hirohata/Coordinator for Odaka, JPF Reconstruction Agency Coordination Project; Odaka Platform)
4. Open discussion, questions and answers

A Thank-you Message for Those Who Took Part in the Live Talk and Workshop Event: “Fukushima Discussion Night: Learning about Today and Envisioning Tomorrow”

29th January 2018 23:07

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On the evening of the 29th, JPF held “Fukushima Discussion Night: Learning about Today and Envisioning Tomorrow,” a live talk and workshop event.
JPF is grateful to the thirty people who attended the event, as well as the speakers, Shinichiro Ohara (General Manager, Sendai Office, AAR Japan), Kaoru Suzuki (Director, Mother’s Radiation Lab Fukushima [Tarachine]), and Takayuki Nitta (General Manager, Facilities Division, Sendai Yomawari Group), who addressed the theme of current events, activities, and conditions in Fukushima today.

In a workshop held during the second half of this event, participants sat at tables together and came up with new ideas for a menu of choices of what can be done to envision the future of Fukushima. JPF will continue to support people in Fukushima and other prefectures of the Tohoku region.

JPF to Hold “Fukushima Discussion Night: Learning about Today and Envisioning Tomorrow” on 29th January

25th January 2018 13:00

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The upcoming date of 11th March will be the seventh since the Great East Japan Earthquake.
How are people affected by the disaster living their lives today?

What’s happening in Fukushima today? Are these conditions unique to Fukushima? Let’s learn about today’s situation to envision our society for tomorrow.
These and other topics will be discussed in Fukushima Discussion Night: Learning about Today and Envisioning Tomorrow, a live talk and workshop event to be held by JPF on Monday, 29th January.

One of the three organizations that will take the podium in this event is the Sendai Yomawari Group, which receives grants from the JPF “Living Together” Fund.
Takayuki Nitta, General Manager of the Facilities Division, will speak at this event.

The Sendai Yomawari Group was established by local residents to prevent deaths on the streets or in isolation. It strives to aid the homeless, whose numbers have grown in Sendai since the Great East Japan Earthquake. On the day of the event, Mr. Nitta will discuss local issues identified through day-to-day activities and its future activities.

[Date and time] Monday, 29th January, 19:00-21:00 (doors open at 18:30)
[Venue] Patia Kojimachi
(Three minutes’ walk from Kojimachi Station, four minutes’ walk from Hanzomon Station on the Tokyo Metro)
[To apply] Please go to the URL below to apply (deadline 26th January/free admission).

[Program]
19:00- Opening
19:10- Live talk: What’s happening in Fukushima today
・ Shinichiro Ohara (General Manager, Sendai Office, AAR Japan)
・ Kaoru Suzuki (Director, Mother’s Radiation Lab Fukushima [Tarachine])
・ Takayuki Nitta (General Manager, Facilities Division, Sendai Yomawari Group)
20:15- Workshop: creating together a menu of choices of what can be done and presentations

【NEW reports now available online】

27th December 2017 22:52

The FY 2016 English version report for the aid program in Great Earth Japan Earthquake, and the aid program in Kumamoto Earthquakes has been published and can be downloaded from the JPF website.

JPF will continue its aid program at these areas listening to the voices of those affected by the disasters.

▼Aid to Victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake FY 2016 Report
http://tohoku.japanplatform.org/lib/data/rpt_tohoku2016en.pdf

▼Aid to Victim of the Kumamoto Earthquakes FY 2016 Report
https://www.japanplatform.org/programs/pdf/JPF_kyushu-disaster2016_report_en.pdf

Thanks to All Those Who Donated through AEON Bank’s “Fundraiser to Aid Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake”

22nd December 2017 23:00

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On 19th December, AEON Bank representatives visited the JPF office for a ceremony to present donations collected through “Fundraiser to Aid Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake” operated as part of the bank’s social contribution efforts.

These donations were contributed by users through the donations menu on AEON Bank ATMs set up in AEON stores, in train stations, and in other public facilities across Japan.

As a recipient of the bank’s program, Japan Platform has continued to accept donations since immediately after the earthquake struck in 2011. Even today, nearly seven years after the earthquake, the number of users contributing donations continues to grow.

All JPF staff members express their sincere gratitude to the many ATM users who donated and the efforts of AEON Bank, which organizes this program.
We will maintain our aid activities, in part to communicate to those affected by the disaster the thoughts and concerns of these donators.

▼ Click here for information on JPF’s efforts.
http://www.japanplatform.org/company/

NHK Reports Positive Response from International Olympic Committee Members to Dishes Made Using Ingredients from Affected Areas

13th December 2017 23:00

According to an NHK report, International Olympic Committee (IOC) members at an official dinner were served dishes prepared with ingredients from three prefectures affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake--Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima. In light of plans to make the 2020 Olympics the disaster-recovery Olympics--one of the themes of the Games--guests were served course meals, light dishes, and sake made using ingredients from the three prefectures.
The disaster-recovery Olympics is now slated to be held a little more than three years from now.

Thanks to All Those Who Participated in the First JPF Day: Report Meeting on JPF’s 2017 Activities

8th December 2017 18:45

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The First JPF Day, a meeting that reports on JPF’s activities in 2017, was held on 7th December at the TKP Akasaka Station Conference Center in Tokyo. The event welcomed more than 140 attendees, including some 110 representatives from NGOs, businesses, government agencies, and other organizations involved in JPF activities on a daily basis and about 30 JPF Secretariat personnel. Thanks to all those who took part!

At this meeting, alongside moderator Daisuke Furuta, founding editor of BuzzFeed Japan, JPF Secretariat personnel reported on international aid and emergency responses and on the year’s activities in response to the Kumamoto and Great East Japan earthquakes. Rina Ito served as emcee. Their gentle smile and friendly banter helped ease the tension of JPF staff presenting the reports, who could feel more relaxed than they had expected.

Participants reacted positively to the meeting. “I’d like to hear more,” said one; “The reports were clear and understandable. The meeting was very meaningful,” said another. These encouraging words will help inspire us in our preparations for the Second JPF Day.
Thank you for your continuing support!

2017 Great East Japan Earthquake Archives Symposium: The Meaning of Archiving in Prefectures Affected by the Disaster (11th January, Sendai)

17th December 2017 23:00

At Tohoku University on 11th January 2018, the National Diet Library and the Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science will hold the 2017 Great East Japan Earthquake Archives Symposium: The Meaning of Archiving in Prefectures Affected by the Disaster.
Admission is free of charge. Please click on the link below if you’re interested.
http://www.current.ndl.go.jp/node/34929

Thanks to All Those Who Participated in the Japanese Sake Culture Event

30th October 2017 23:00

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On 20th October, I took part in the 68th Japanese sake culture event held at Hotel Wing International Premium Tokyo Yotsuya. A capacity crowd of 70 people braved the chill and rain to attend this event. Once again, a donation box was set up in the venue to help raise funds for Japan Platform’s humanitarian aid efforts. JPF will make effective use of these generous donations to aid refugees from Syria and Iraq, displaced persons in Myanmar, and to support aid efforts in Fukushima, an area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. We sincerely appreciate your support.

Future Leaders in Disaster Prevention from ASEAN Nations Visit JPF

27th October 2017 22:55

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On 24th October, JPF welcomed 20 visitors from the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme, organized by the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), to train future leaders in government agencies involved in disaster prevention in ASEAN nations.

As a hub for humanitarian and disaster aid in the ASEAN region, the AHA Centre coordinates and supports emergency humanitarian aid activities. This year marked the third time of visits to JPF by Centre trainees in Japan. Their goal is to learn about Japan’s disaster prevention systems and to exchange perspectives on the possibility of cooperation with ASEAN nations.

On the day of their visit, using the Great East Japan and Kumamoto earthquakes as examples, JPF introduced its systems and shared information on topics like mobilization in the event of disasters and criteria for aid decision-making. Other activities on this inspirational visit included discussions of the potential of future cooperation with ASEAN nations; sharing information on the activities of NGOs and government in each country in response to a disaster; and sharing the difficulties of coordination.

Thanks to all who visited. We hope this visit will lead to further cooperation in disaster prevention and humanitarian aid with ASEAN nations.

Charity Concert to Support Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake Held by AAR Japan

17th October 2017 23:00

The following introduces an activity by a JPF member NGO:
On 14th December, the NGO AAR Japan, a member of JPF, will hold a charity concert at Tokyo Opera City (in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward) in support of recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Two top French musicians, Eric Aubier (trumpet player) and Thierry Escaich (pipe organist) will visit Japan to perform together at this concert.
This activity presents a wonderful opportunity for music lovers to support aid to those affected by the disaster while at the same time also enjoy a concert.
http://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/join/event/2017/1214_2378.html

Domestic Division blog post: The Latest from Odaka District, Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture

16th October 2017 23:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog.
This blog post provides the latest news from the Odaka district, Minamisoma-shi, Fukushima Prefecture, an area blessed by the sea, mountains, and river, with old shrines and other historical sites as well as its wonderful inhabitants.
We encourage readers to take a look at this blog post, which discusses the gradual return of former residents to the area, including schoolchildren sightings here and there and the emergence of new stores.

http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/10/16/112156

11th October Marks Six Years and Seven Months since the Great East Japan Earthquake

11th October 2017 23:00

The JPF continues to provide aid to the Tohoku region and asks you all for continuing generous support for its activities.
Today, six years and seven months after the Great East Japan Earthquake, NHK News reported on the feelings held by people across Miyagi Prefecture.

◆ A police search was conducted today on the beach of Minamisanriku-cho, Miyagi Prefecture, a town severely damaged by the tsunami, to track clues concerning people who remain missing after disappearing in the disaster.
◆ In the city of Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan Self-Defense Forces, the Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, and other participants held a large-scale training exercise to simulate an emergency tsunami response.
◆ In the Magaki district of Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi Prefecture, where nearly half of the population perished in the tsunami following the earthquake, residents praying for lost family members were seen in front of a memorial monument completed just this month. The Magaki district is located upstream from Okawa Elementary School, where many children died in the disaster. The tsunami killed 74 people, or nearly one-half of the district’s population, including the elementary school students.
◆ A man putting his hands together silently before blooming cosmos was seen at the location where his wife’s body had been found in Yamamoto-cho, Miyagi Prefecture, another town that suffered significant tsunami damage.
◆ The first leek harvest following the tsunami took place in new fields planted on elevated land in Kesennuma-shi, Miyagi Prefecture.

NHK website
https://bit.ly/2S8niom

Donating to Help Those Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake through a Charity Brand

21st September 2017 23:00

SAMURAI CUT, a fashion brand that sells charity items, has chosen JPF to be a recipient of donations to support aid in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.
SAMURAI CUT donates 10% of the sales of each item to organizations active in aid activities around the world.

Buyers can choose to support or donate to organizations active in environmental protection, disaster aid, educational assistance, or medical assistance. Donations from those who choose disaster aid are made to JPF’s Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

SAMURAI CUT items feature a map of the world embroidered on their sleeves. Buyers can choose to have their locations and those of aid recipients indicated on the map when they place an order.

See below for more information on SAMURAI CUT, which adopts a problem-solving approach by linking fashion to charity.
http://samuraicut.com/

Domestic Division blog post: 2017 Summer Events

19th September 2017 23:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog.
In “2017 Summer Events,” the latest blog post, Manager Yukihiko Akutsu writes about his participation in the Matsurubeyama Joumon-Honoo Matsuri festival and in the marine survey conducted by Mother’s Radiation Lab Fukushima (Tarachine), a JPF grant recipient. We encourage readers to take a look at the blog post to learn more about this sacred ceremony in honor of Ainu spirits, as well as Akutsu’s experiences as a volunteer angler based on his more than 20 years’ experience angling for flounder.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/09/15/152127

NHK Reports on 3.11 Future Support Association in Ishinomaki

15th September 2017 23:00

NHK reported on 3.11 Future Support Association in Ishinomaki, an organization that has received JPF grants. JPF has provided support for projects related to the Tsunagu Hall space, where people come to talk about their experiences. Go to the following website to view comments submitted by Masaharu Nakagawa of 3.11 Future Support Association in Ishinomaki to JPF.
http://tohoku.japanplatform.org/tomoniikiru/support.html

Today Marks Six and a Half Years since the Great East Japan Earthquake

11th September 2017 18:00

JPF continues to aid those affected by the disaster.
In particular, it’s enhancing its aid efforts in Fukushima.
Evacuation orders have been lifted in many areas of Fukushima Prefecture, including Iitate and Namie. But this has brought new issues to light. Recovery in Fukushima Prefecture, which faces numerous challenges, is expected to take time.

In about 70% of the areas where evacuation orders have been lifted, the rate of return has been 20% or less, and more than 70% of the returning evacuees are elderly. In light of these difficult realities, activities are focusing on five priority themes: aid to socially disadvantaged people; strengthening local safety nets; sustaining regional culture; addressing concerns about radiation; and facilitation of locally-led networks.
http://tohoku.japanplatform.org/lib/data/rpt_tohoku2016en.pdf

Domestic Division blog post: Looking Up to the Night Sky while Recalling the Past Six Years

25th August 2017 22:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog.
In this blog post, one staff member who took part in a fireworks show in Tomioka describes the thoughts which occurred to him while watching people looking up into the night sky of their hometown.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/08/22/131117

First Fireworks Show in Seven Years Held in Iitate, Fukushima

21st August 2017 13:00

On 19th August, the village of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, where evacuation orders were lifted for the most part of the village this past spring, held its first fireworks show in seven years. The report describes the villagers cheering as some 250 fireworks transformed the night sky of their hometown.
Six years after the earthquake, JPF continues to stand by those affected by the disaster who live their lives under various conditions with various thoughts in their minds.

Domestic Division blog post: Sendai’s Gorgeous Tanabata Festival Is Coming Soon!

29th July 2017 23:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog.
This blog post reports on Sendai Tanabata Festival and provides beautiful photos of the event.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/07/28/175523

Domestic Division blog post: Forum Held to Think about Means of Transportation for Sustainable Lifestyles

15th June 2017 15:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog.
This blog post describes a forum (a JPF funded project) organized by Rera, a JPF grant recipient organization.
The Great East Japan Earthquake caused dramatic changes in infrastructure in the three prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima, resulting in the need for recovery aid activities to secure the means of transportation necessary for daily life. We encourage readers to have a look at this forum in which participants thought about related efforts together.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/06/15/104254

Domestic Division blog post: Tarachine Clinic Opens June 1

5th June 2017 15:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog.
This blog post describes an open house at a clinic opened by Mother’s Radiation Lab Fukushima (Tarachine), a JPF grant recipient nonprofit organization.
This clinic offers an environment where patients can feel free to talk about even their slightest concerns, to which clinic staff do their best to respond. We encourage readers to take a look at the blog post to learn about the medical personnel at the clinic and their viewpoints.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/06/02/151917

Domestic Division blog post: A Visit to Kizuna, the Sakae Village Museum for Recovery from the Northern Nagano Earthquake

19th May 2017 18:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog.
Have you heard about the village of Sakae, Nagano Prefecture, where some 80% of the population had to evacuate following a 6.7 magnitude inland earthquake (Northern Nagano Earthquake/Sakae Earthquake) on 12th March 2011, the day after the Great East Japan Earthquake? The area of the village is referred to as the forgotten affected area, left hidden in the shadows of the March 11 earthquake.

Ikeza of the JPF Domestic Division updated the blog today with a post about a visit on a day off to the Kizuna Sakae Village Museum for Recovery from the Northern Nagano Earthquake.
One comment from a resident on the blog: “The damage caused here was so much less than in affected areas in the Tohoku region, so in some ways it’s inevitable the earthquake which struck the village would be forgotten. But we hope people won’t forget about us or about this area and that they’ll come to visit. It’s a wonderful place.”
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/05/19/165544

Domestic Division blog post: A Report on Monitoring Activities to Learn about Invisible Things and Check on Them One at a Time

11th May 2017 11:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog.
This blog post describes activities by the JPF grant recipient nonprofit organization Mother’s Radiation Lab Fukushima (Tarachine) including measurement of radiation and visitation thyroid examinations conducted together with physicians in communities where numerous residents have requested such examinations.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/05/08/123703

Domestic Division blog post: The View from the Window of the Tohoku Office

18th April 2017 18:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog.
This post shows the changing seasons as seen from the window of the JPF Tohoku Office.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/04/18/103219

Early Flowering Cherry Blossoms in Sendai

12th April 2017 23:00

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The photo today shows cherry blossoms in the Tohoku region.
A JPF Tohoku Office staff member snapped this shot of the early flowering cherry blossoms at night, showing how beautiful cherry blossoms can be even up close. Did you notice the full moon in the background?

▼ Japan Platform (JPF) is now seeking organizations to receive grants under the “Living Together” Fund. The deadline for applications is 11th May.
http://tohoku.japanplatform.org/tomoniikiru/

Domestic Division blog post: Selected Articles about the Earthquake

3rd April 2017 11:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog. In this post, the staff in Miyagi report on current conditions in the affected areas through articles related to the earthquake, which increase in number around March 11 every year. Recovery has advanced, as the number of articles related to the earthquake has decreased. However, recovery is hard to judge; it is not a simple matter of whether an area has recovered or failed to recover. Particularly in Fukushima, where the goals of recovery remain hard to discern, the need for long-term aid persists. The staff in Miyagi summarize this view in this blog post.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/03/31/161112

Domestic Division blog post: A Report on Observation of Minpuku’s Project to Support Community-building Efforts

18th March 2017 11:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog.
In this post, the staff in Fukushima report on their observations of Minpuku’s project intended to boost community-building efforts in Fukushima (supported by a grant from the Toyota Foundation).
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/03/17/110555

7th Year of Our Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake: Messages from the JPF Domestic Division Manager and Staff in Charge of the Three Affected Prefectures

11th March 2017 13:00

A full six years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake.
In the seventh year after the earthquake, as a humanitarian aid organization, Japan Platform will continue to give close support to local residents in the affected areas, asking them about what they need and ascertaining what aid truly is necessary and what gaps still remain.

Once again, all members of JPF staff wish to take this opportunity to thank our donors for their generous contributions and to ask for their continuing understanding and support.

http://tohoku.japanplatform.org/

LINE Begins Offering Tohoku Recovery Donation Stamps, with JPF Named as One Donation Recipient

9th March 2017 11:31

On 2nd March, the social media app LINE began selling SMILE Tohoku Support LINE Characters, donation stamps users can use to donate to aid in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Donation recipients for these stamps include five activities underway in the Tohoku region by JPF and other organizations. Users may purchase and download SMILE Tohoku Support LINE Characters through 4th April.

Launched in June 2011 in response to the experience of many who were unable to contact loved ones in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the LINE communication app helps people connect with friends and family using their smartphones. We encourage readers to contribute to recovery of the Tohoku region by buying these heartwarming stamps, which feature various smiling LINE characters.

▼ You can download stamps from the links below.
iOS
https://line.me/S/sticker/8092
Android
https://line.me/S/sticker/8091

▼ Click on the links for more information.
LINE official blog
http://official-blog.line.me/ja/archives/69238911.html
LINE press release
https://linecorp.com/ja/pr/news/ja/2017/1670

Fourth JPF Media Colloquium Held: The Current Phase of JPF Aid to Fukushima

24th February 2017 23:01

On 21st February, JPF held a media colloquium titled “The Current Phase of JPF Aid to Fukushima,” welcoming 10 media representatives from newspapers, television, the Web, and companies.

Both the media and aid organizations are daily seeking ways to communicate information on Fukushima, which faces complex and long-term challenges. JPF shared its own information on the comprehensive changes in the phases of aid to date in Fukushima, gaps between need and aid given, and five priority areas for future aid to Fukushima based on analysis made with United Nations experts. JPF also reported firsthand opinions of local nonprofits funded by JPF. This is information that JPF, which mobilized in Fukushima immediately after the earthquake struck, is uniquely positioned to provide.

Individuals presenting at the colloquium
・ Tsutomu Yamanaka, Representative of JPF Domestic Division in Fukushima
・ Kaoru Suzuki (Mother’s Radiation Lab Fukushima [Tarachine])
・ Koichi Tamate (Médecins du Monde Japon)
・ Kayo Fushimi (The Association for Establishing a New Psychiatric Care, Health and Welfare System in Soso)
・ Kazumi Sawada (Foster Care for Infants, Children and Adolescents in FUKUSHIMA)
・ Hajime Inoue (Yuinoki)

The colloquium also featured numerous questions from media representatives and a lively exchange of opinions. JPF will enhance its aid to Fukushima. It plans to maintain the aid provided in this area through the end of 2018 at minimum.
http://www.japanplatform.org/info/2017/02/101751.html

Domestic Division blog post: Recommended Events and Places for Feeling Closer to the Tohoku Region in Everyday Life

9th February 2017 17:30

JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog. In this post, Kawamura introduces some spots that will provide people in Tokyo with a more vivid sense of Tohoku, ranging from those related to art, photographs, and fish to a debriefing meeting held by the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan, an organization involved in local aid activities.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/02/09/103204

Press Release: From Tohoku, Kobe, Chuetsu, and Worldwide to Kumamoto: Funded Training Project to Link Recovery Experiences and Knowledge to Start on 17th February

2nd February 2017 17:00

On 17th February, JPF will start a funded training project in the city of Kumamoto for nonprofit organizations working to aid affected areas of Kumamoto Prefecture.

The goal of this project is to boost recovery in Kumamoto through the power of its own communities. Instructors experienced in large-scale natural disasters in East Japan, Kobe, and elsewhere share their knowledge and experience in solving recovery-related issues as well as other need-to-know information with Kumamoto residents.

JPF has deployed more than 1,200 aid projects in 46 countries and regions to date. Drawing on this experience, training included discussions of issues in on-site domestic aid activities and perspectives on those vulnerable to disaster in light of international standards for disaster aid. Participating organizations also will be provided with opportunities for networking before disasters strike.

This project is organized by the Sanaburi Foundation (of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture) on the JPF’s behalf. See the homepage below for more information.
http://www.japanplatform.org/info/2017/02/020900.html

Domestic Division blog post: Various Workshops Held in Fukushima

27th January 2017 11:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog. In this post, staff in charge of Fukushima describe some workshops held in Fukushima following the lifting of evacuation orders, by Genki ni Narou Fukushima, Katsuryoku-Souzousya, Shinmachi-namie, and Tomioka 3/11 wo Kataru Kai.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/01/26/110135

Symposium Slated for 20th January on How Archives on the Great East Japan Earthquake Have Changed

11th January 2017 13:27

The National Diet Library and the Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science will hold a symposium at Tohoku University (in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture) on the ever-deepening and evolving records of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Plans call for a special lecture and a panel discussion involving Professor Andrew Gordon of the Harvard University Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, who has been active in archiving efforts since immediately after the earthquake struck. Professor Gordon will discuss the evolution and deepening of earthquake archives over the past six years.
The symposium will be held 13:00-16:30 on Friday, 20th January.
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Domestic Division blog post: Sustainable Disaster Mitigation

8th January 2017 11:00

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JPF staff members describe domestic aid activities on the JPF Domestic Division blog.
The Domestic Division Manager Akutsu wrote this year’s New Year post.

The post’s themes are sustainable disaster mitigation and seawalls, efforts to minimize damage due to natural disasters. The goal is to minimize, if not entirely avoid, damage in the event of natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunami. The blog post reports on a drive around Miyagi with Professor Hiroshi Asanuma, who studies artificial systems science at the Chiba University Graduate School of Engineering.
http://blog.japanplatform.org/entry/2017/01/06/103029

Kahoku Shimpo Reports Roughly 70% of Businesses Continue Recovery Aid

7th January 2017 17:00

Based on a survey by the Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), a report by the Kahoku Shimponewspaper indicates roughly 70% of major businesses continue to provide recovery aid.

Employee volunteer activities account for the largest share of such aid (42%), followed by monetary donations, at 35%. The newspaper also noted that companies clearly identify recovery aid as part of their corporate social responsibilities (CSR) and connect it to long-term initiatives.

The survey is undertaken annually by the Keidanren and the 1% Club (of Tokyo), a voluntary association that allocates 1% of ordinary income or disposable income to activities to contribute to society, based on surveys of members of both organizations.

The Current Situation in the Disaster-Affected Area of East Japan

Considering the situation that the evacuation orders continued to be lifted for many areas of Fukushima such as Iitate and Namie, new challenges arising from the lifting of the evacuation orders became apparent, and delays were foreseen in Fukushima's extremely difficult recovery process. In fiscal year 2016, JAPAN PLATFORM (JPF) fully implemented our strategy for "Strengthened Aid to Fukushima" as set forth in November 2015, and decided to continue aid to Fukushima at least until the end of fiscal year 2018, while much of the aid projects to Fukushima Prefecture continued to decrease.

Evacuees from areas affected by the nuclear accident face a difficult decision when evacuation orders for those areas are lifted. Should they return to the area, or should they rebuild their lives in the places to which they evacuated? If they stay, and choose not to return, the housing subsidies and compensation they were receiving will be discontinued. Even after evacuation orders are lifted, mothers cannot hide their anxiety, returning elderly people will find hospitals, pharmacies and transportation infrastructure are poorly maintained, community has weakened, and they grow increasingly isolated. Almost seven years after the earthquake, the hard reality in Fukushima is that less than 20% have returned in approximately 70% of the areas for which evacuation orders have been lifted, and more than 70% of those returned are elderly. With this in mind, JPF is working to strengthen aid to Fukushima by advocating five top-priority activities (see below).

On the other hand, in both Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures, recovery is gradually coming within sight, thanks to all of the warm support we have received both from businesses/employees and from individuals. However, specific challenges remain, such as life-threatening poverty, and delays in consensus-building among residents in certain areas. We will draw on local resources to continue aid for these specific challenges and areas.

JPF has cultivated the function of supporting the activities and organizational management of its allied organizations in our overseas aid work. Utilizing these experiences, we are transferring our intermediary function to local intermediary aid organizations in Tohoku: the Iwate Recovery Collaboration Center; the Sanaburi Foundation in Miyagi prefecture; and Miyagi Recovery Collaboration Center. In Fukushima, JPF will continue to strengthen the collaboration with local intermediary organizations including the Fukushima Recovery Collaboration Center.

The Recovery Situation in Each Prefecture
Reports from the Recovery Collaboration Centers in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima

In Iwate, construction of public disaster housing in coastal regions is 80% complete. As the relocation from temporary housing accelerates and temporary housing is consolidated, new issues have arisen: how to support those who cannot relocate due to financial or health conditions; and how to form new communities in the relocation sites situated on higher spots far from the seashore and remote from their original place of residence. As part of these relocations, horizontal development will be needed to transfer the aid knowhow of the coastal region to aid organizations working inland.

In 2016, the first year of the" Period of Recovery and Creation," the restoration of infrastructure in the disaster-affected area has moved forward, and housing reconstruction is in full swing. In order to rebuild communities in the disaster-affected area, municipal aid for community formation and mutual support networks are particularly necessary in public disaster housing, and there is a need to train leaders for these activities. However, collaboration with municipalities and non-profits in charge of aid, and with businesses and universities, is still insufficient. Promotion of collaboration that ties together diverse sectors is indispensable. For the forming of sustainable and autonomous communities, there is a pressing need for aid to train staff in intermediary aid organizations and for aid to strengthen organizational foundations, including through fundraising.

In fiscal year 2016, evacuation orders were lifted one after another all around the prefecture. With the addition of Tomioka, where the evacuation order was lifted on April 1, 2017, it is possible for people to live in almost all areas, except for designated" Difficult-to-return zone." However, the number of returnees is limited because of factors such as uneasiness to leave the communities they have diligently adjusted as evacuees for the long seven years, and delays in improvements to infrastructure. Thus, local communities are projected to continue to fracture. Moreover, as programs like free provision of housing are discontinued and the amount of aid decreases, the future of aid remains uncertain due to factors like the fragmentation of aid needs. The lifting of evacuation orders is a factor propelling recovery, but it also gives rise to new challenges that will be difficult to face.

About "Living Together" Fund
Wide-Ranging Support Through Aid in Four Fields

JAPAN PLATFORM (JPF) established the" Living Together" Fund in April 2011, and started invitation for applications in May. Through quarterly offerings each year, it has distributed financial assistance to organizations aiding victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The fund exposes local aid needs, and is applied to a wide range of aid in four key aid areas (community aid, safety-net aid, occupational aid, and coordination aid). The fund not only supports independent local activities, but also carefully determines the phases of recovery, giving support that will take root locally and connecting activities with the next steps in recovery.

Community Aid

Community Aid
This type of aid creates community by building connections among residents, helping recovery through the provision of places where members of the community can gather and through the process ofworking together.

Safety-Net Aid

Safety-Net Aid
This type of aid gives disaster victims the security to lead healthy lives by providing aid to people or domains of activity which is not yet covered by the government program.

Occupational Aid

Occupational Aid
This type of aid helps a secure life for disaster victims through activities and information-sharing which lead to jobs and income for those who lost their jobs in the disaster.

Coordination Aid

Coordination Aid
This type of aid helps to support the coordination of aid with government entities, NGOs, NPOs and other organizations so that safety-net aid, community aid, and occupational aid can proceed efficiently.

NGO's Project : Shinsei (NPO in Fukushima)

Implementing Projects like"Polvorón Magic Cookies"and "Sewing Machine School"

NGO's ProjectShinsei works in Koriyama, Fukushima to help people with disabilities who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake to live peaceful and safe lives. The damage that Fukushima Prefecture suffered from the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear disaster was so great that it was impossible for one person, one group, or one organization to meet the challenge. Faced with this situation, welfare workplaces for evacuees with disabilities were quick to join together to create work opportunities through a cooperative system incorporating outside aid. Shinsei serves as the director of this system and carries out projects such as "Polvorón Magic Cookies" and "Sewing Machine School" while connecting businesses and NGOs/NPOs to disaster-affected areas. It also provides support to deepen understanding of disabilities among people who want to use welfare services after being evacuated.

Voice from the Field

Voice from the FieldOne of the lessons that people with disabilities in Fukushima Prefecture learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear accident was about job creation for people with disabilities during the recovery period. For a long time, although people returned to the center, it was difficult to reopen and run welfare centers at evacuation sites due to cash shortage in paying wages when there was no work. Using the wisdom gained by Fukushima Prefecture as it came through this experience, we will do our best to ensure that people with disabilities, who are also a part of our society, can work together with other members of the community in order to accelerate the recovery process.

Overview

Two hours and forty-six minutes after the Great Earthquake hit East Japan on March 11, 2011, JPF made a decision to launch relief operation: JPF dispatched its staff to the disaster stricken areas for initial assessments and JPF-registered member NGOs sent out emergency relief assistance teams.

In the same month, JPF opened Tohoku/East Japan regional office in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture to respond to the changing needs in the affected areas. In May 2011, recognizing the needs to fund not only JPF-registered NGOs but also non-member local civil organizations, JPF established a new fund scheme named Tomoni Ikiru (Stand by Together) Fund. As of January 2016, 160 nonprofit organizations carried out 319 assistance programs through this fund to help the disaster survivors.

JPF's role in recovery is not limited to funding. JPF's staff members are stationing in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures to advise and support local civil organizations and to build regional cooperative networks of public and civil actors in information sharing and coordination of reconstruction activities. Another important role of JPF comes from its close contacts with business entities: providing corporate partners with updated information on issues and needs of the disaster affected areas and encouraging them to support the disaster survivors and the affected areas.

JPF continues to talk and walk together with the disaster survivors and sees to it that the governmental, public and civil partners collaborate in extending needs-based and cost-effective reconstruction and rehabilitation activities and that the disaster survivors shall stand on their own feet.

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