Restore jobs and businesses to areas heavily damaged by the March 2011 tsunami, support children recovering from the disaster and help local organizations improve their ability to respond to future emergencies.
One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded triggered a tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people, spurred a nuclear crisis and caused an estimated $235 billion in damages — Japan’s worst disaster since World War II. Entire coastal communities were wiped out by the surging waters.
- Emergency response: Provided relief supplies to meet the basic needs of 42,000 people living in shelters and helped children heal from trauma after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
- Economic opportunity: Delivering start-up grants, employment incentives and loan-interest subsidies to encourage new businesses and hiring in tsunami-affected towns.
- Children & youth:Helping children cope after disaster and teaching caregivers how to address psychological stress.
- Disaster preparedness:Partnering with local organizations to improve responses to future emergencies.
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Japan: Smiling girl displaced by Japanese tsunami
This was outside an emergency shelter only a few weeks after the tsunami. Just down the hill lay incomprehensible devastation. But this girl showed a smile (a rarity during my visit) as she blew bubbles into the air, anxious for life to return to normal.
Japan: The journey from donation to voucher to survivor in Japan
Japan: Re-opening Ofunato's fish market
The tsunami poured through the Ofunato fish market, leaving the open-plan structure mostly intact but washing away almost everything within it.
Japan: What it looks like coming back to Japan
Every day that I was away from Japan — while I was eating dinner, watching TV, dancing, laughing with friends, or sleeping on the other side of the world — a small army of police, army, municipal employees and volunteers was at work in tsunami-affected areas.
Japan: What's buzzing in Japan
I added a new word in my Japanese vocabulary today: hae, which is the word for that common insect, the fly. In the tsunami-affected area of Japan, flies are now everywhere.
Japan: A hot, hot summer
When I left Japan a little over a month ago, people warned me about what it would be like when I returned.
Japan: The best octopus fisherman in town
Japan: Movie night in Kesennuma
In the business of recovery from disaster, my days are usually filled with programs and budgets, focusing on getting the right resources to those who need it most and can do the most with it.
Japan: For survivors like Sumiko, more than a bus ride
Japan: Moving day in Rikuzentakata
Rikuzentakata, Japan — When her home in this coastal city was destroyed by the tsunami, Tomoko Kinno, a 60-something retiree, was forced to stay with relatives hours away from here. She had lived with and cared for mother, who now had to stay in a temporary facility for the elderly.