Restore jobs and services to coastal towns heavily damaged by the March 2011 tsunami.
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
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Japan: Back to school again! April 23, 2011
This week brought an important step in the attempt to return to some sort of normalcy in the tsunami-affected area of Japan. School started again.
Japan: Holding back the tears April 15, 2011
One of the most moving things for me on this job has been the number of people — almost all of them men of a certain age — we’ve spoken to who have seemed continuously on the point of tears, and yet instead of breaking down continued to do the unthanked, essential work they are doing.
Japan: A long-awaited, welcoming soak April 14, 2011
Japan: Aftershocks, observations and thankfulness April 12, 2011
Five nights ago, we had what they call a 6.9 earthquake here and I’ve heard described variously as a 7.1 and 7.4 in foreign media. By any standard it was rugged.
Japan: A reminder April 11, 2011
I was writing my blog Thursday night when the floor started to hammer.
Japan: Roads that no longer exist in a town that isn't there April 10, 2011
The town of Rikuzentakata has been wiped off the earth.
Japan: How an aftershock feels, and what it means April 10, 2011
Japan: Warmth and wreckage in Kesennuma April 9, 2011
Wednesday morning I went with my colleagues Yohei and Ryu from Peace Winds Japan to help deliver kerosene heaters. The northeast of Japan where the tsunami struck is still cold even in April, with temperatures around freezing at night and sometimes during the day as well.
Japan: Update from Japan after Thursday's 7.1-magnitude aftershock April 8, 2011
Thursday night at 11:32 P.M. local time, Japan's northeastern coast was struck by a major 7.1 magnitude aftershock. The team was all okay, but the shaking was intense. Several of our team members had to leave the hotel where they were staying in, due to the damage.
Japan: Message from our team in Japan after today's 7.4 earthquake April 7, 2011
We've just heard from our team in Japan, and they're fine after today's 7.4 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami warning (which was since been lifted). Here's what they wrote: