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.
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.
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- 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.
- Population (2014 est.): 127.1 million
- UN Human Development Index rank: 17 (out of 187)
- Mercy Corps has worked here since 2011
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Japan: When your hometown no longer looks like a town June 27, 2011
As we head west toward the coast, and start to see signs of the March tsunami’s devastation, I ask my colleague Sachie Saijo to stop the car so I can check it out.
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Japan: All the colors of helping survivors June 9, 2011
Fumie Sugawara sits on the blue tarpaulin that's spread across the floor the gymnasium. A bright yellow truck and other vibrant toys are gathered around her. Fumie engages two young girls in an imaginative game using a dozen different shades of Play-Doh.
Japan: VIDEO: Comfort for Kids activities in Kesennuma, Japan June 9, 2011
Japan: A bus from yesterday to tomorrow June 9, 2011
Japan: More than up to the challenge June 9, 2011
Since mere moments before Japan's tsunami hit, and after long weeks of enduring its aftermath, Tsutomu Nakai has been faced with a series of unimaginable decisions. Some saved his life, and his family's lives. Other decisions put their personal lives on hold.
Japan: A small and opportune oasis June 9, 2011
Right now, the city of Rikuzentakata, Japan is a food desert — a place where it's nearly impossible to find and buy fresh, nutritious food. Grocery stores and other shops were washed away by the tsunami. The closest markets are at least a half-hour away by car.
Japan: VIDEO: Delivering household supplies to temporary homes in Japan June 9, 2011
Japan: Catalyzing to help Japan May 26, 2011
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Japan: Handing over a little help May 25, 2011