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April 2016

Kumamoto: More shelters and relief items for the evacuees


Even though it is more than a week ago that Kumamoto was first struck by the large earthquakes on 14 and 16 April, there are still more than 80,000 people staying at some 700 evacuation centers in and around Kumamoto. Many of the evacuees have their houses destroyed by the earthquakes, others are too afraid [...]

Kumamoto: Emergency shelters set up in Mashiki Town


As numerous aftershocks continue to pose risks of further damage and prolong anxiety of those affected by the two large earthquakes that struck Kumamoto on 14 and 16 April, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) brought in two “balloon shelters,” large-size, air-inflated tents, to Mashiki Town on 17 April. Mashiki was hit by the largest jolt in [...]

Kumamoto: Search and rescue operation ongoing for earthquake victims


An earthquake of the magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale struck Kumamoto in the south part of Japan late at night on 14 April, leaving 9 people dead and more than 1,000 injured. This tremor, however, turned out to be just a foreshock of a still larger quake of the magnitude of 7.3 that [...]

Tohoku:Financial Reports and Status Report March 2011 – January 2016


From March 2011 until January 2016, PWJ’s Tohoku relief and recovery program has received donations from more than 10,000 individuals, corporations as well as various grants from all over the world. Only a few days after the earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan, PWJ began the distribution of emergency relief items at evacuation centers in [...]

Tohoku:Voices from Minamisanriku


It has been five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster struck northern Japan, PWJ interviewed people from Minamisanriku where PWJ is supporting the work of local NGO called Viva! Minamisanriku and its activities for the elderly. The land preparation continues in Minamisanriku building a new town, not restoring the old “Tsunami swallowed me [...]