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World + 5 others
Bigger, badder - the challenge of urban disasters


Dense populations in cities mean a disaster would incur more fatalities and more damage to the infrastructure per square kilometer. Reaching affected people is also more difficult as access is blocked.


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Kenya + 1 other
Japan Backs IOM Community Stabilization Project in Northern Kenya

IOM has received USD 1 million from Japan to support a project that aims to enhance community stabilization for mobile populations and communities that host them in Northern Kenya.

The project was launched yesterday (14/4) by Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Tatsushi Terada and will be implemented in close cooperation with the local (county) governments of Turkana, Marsabit, Uasin Gishu and Garissa.

International Organization for Migration:

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Samoa + 2 others
Tsunami workshop aims to improve early warning and preparedness

11 April 2014: Apia Samoa. In February 2011, the Christchurch Earthquake that resulted in the deaths of 185 people and losses estimated at up to NZD 40 billion was followed just 11 days later by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that brought tremendous losses to the people of Japan. In 2009, an earthquake of magnitude 8.1 resulted in a tsunami that caused the loss of 189 lives in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Water purification systems and sleeping pads among generous donations from Japanese agency

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided the Solomon Islands with emergency relief items in response to last week’s flash flood crisis.

“Among JICA’s generous donations were 20 sets of portable water purification systems. These will be fundamental in preventing disease outbreaks within the evacuation centres.” National Disaster Management Office Loti Yates said.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Japan’s Emergency Grant Aid for Flood Disaster in Solomon Islands

  1. On April 8, (Tue.), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant aid in kind equivalent to about 13 million yen (blankets, water purifiers, portable jerry can) to Solomon Islands through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of Solomon Islands, which sustained a disaster from flooding.

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Guinea + 1 other
Emergency grant aid to the Republic of Guinea in response to the Ebola Haemorhagic Fever outbreak

1 . On April 4, the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grand aid of 520 thousand US dollars (approximately 50.4 million Japanese yen) through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the Ebola outbreak response in Guinea.

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Chad + 2 others
Japanese Government supports UNICEF’s humanitarian efforts in Chad

The Government of Japan granted UNICEF US$ 6.2m to support humanitarian efforts in Chad

N’Djamena (CHAD), 7th April 2014 – The Government of Japan granted UNICEF a significant new funding to support humanitarian efforts in Chad. The funding comes at the time the Chadian Government and partners, among which UNICEF, are responding to urgent humanitarian needs of over 90,000 Chadian returnees and CAR refugees who fled violence in CAR to take refuge in southern and eastern Chad.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Cleaning of Drainage

The cleaning of 23 kilometer drainage inaugurated in various villages of Nadali district of Helmand province.

The Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department of Helmand province has launched this project by the financial support of Japan at a sum of AFN 499730.

With the completion of this project about 132100 acre agricultural land will be irrigated. At the same time, nearly 2560 rural families in the villages of Sheen-Kalai, Nawrozkalai, Shahidcharahi and Zarghonkalai will benefit the water.

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Philippines + 1 other
Support from people of Japan to empower Haiyan-affected communities

April 4, 2014 by UN-Habitat Philippines

The Government of Japan has announced that it will support UN-Habitat’s response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines with USD 2.5 million for the construction of houses for 550 families.

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South Sudan + 1 other
Government of Japan contributes US$ 4.4 million to support South Sudanese children affected by emergencies

Juba, South Sudan, 3 April, 2014 – The Government of Japan has contributed US$ 4.4 million to UNICEF to support life-saving humanitarian interventions throughout South Sudan, with a focus on conflict-affected states.

Mr Takeshi Akamatsu, Ambassador of Japan stated “UNICEF is a trusted partner of the Government of Japan and we know that the funds we provided will make a crucial difference for conflict affected children and women after the crisis that broke out in mid-December 2013. I am very proud of giving this assistance.”

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Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident after the 2011 great east-Japan earthquake and tsunami

Increase in Cancer Unlikely following Fukushima Exposure - says UN Report

Low Risk of Thyroid Cancer Among Children Most Exposed

VIENNA, 2 April (UN Information Service) - Cancer levels are likely to remain stable in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power accident, according to a new UN report released today.

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Japan + 2 others
Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

04/03/2014 09:20 GMT

TOKYO, April 3, 2014 (AFP) - Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile after officials issued an evacuation advisory for certain areas.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said waves of 40 centimetres (16 inches) were monitored in Kuji, Iwate prefecture, at 7:39 am (2239 GMT Wednesday) about an hour after the first 20-centimetre tsunami was recorded there.

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World + 21 others
Shelter Projects 2011-2012

The fourth edition of ‘Shelter Projects’, is launched at a time when shelter is more relevant than ever as an instrument of humanitarian response. The case studies in this edition reflect the on-going challenges posed by responses to complex emergencies such as Haiti and Pakistan as well as new challenges derived from unprecedented level of population displacement in Africa, Asia and in the Middle East.

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South Sudan + 1 other
UNMISS Update 2 April, 2014

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

  • As of 1 April, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in 8 Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is estimated 67,379. As of 1 April, numbers of registered civilians seeking protection in UNMISS PoC sites are 32,000 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 21,500 in Malakal, 5,036 in Bor and 7,407 in Bentiu.
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Mozambique + 1 other
Japan Supports IOM’s Work with Flood-Affected Communities in Mozambique

Mozambique - IOM has received USD 1 million from Japan to improve displacement tracking and disaster preparedness in Mozambique’s southern province of Gaza, which was badly affected by flooding in 2013.

The project, in close cooperation with Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) and local police, will help to register and track internally displaced persons (IDPs) in relocation sites established after the 2013 floods.

International Organization for Migration:

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Angola + 1 other
Japanese Government donates over Usd 500,000 for demining

Luanda - The Government of Japan Wednesday in Luanda handed over Usd 589.614 to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) - an international NGO based in England - to support a demining project in Luchazes municipality, Angola’s eastern Moxico province.

he donation agreement was signed by the ambassador of Japan to Angola, Ryozo Myoi, and MAG director in Angola, Jessica Riordan.

Speaking to the press, MAG director said the project is being implemented in Luzi ward, locality of Cassamba, Luchazes municipality.

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Bangladesh + 1 other
Japan Supports Construction of Rural Hospital in Netrokona

The Government of Japan has decided to donate US $ 95,194 to Poverty Eradication Program (PEP) to construct a Rural Hospital in Hajigonj Bazar, Barhatta, Netrokona. The grant contract for this Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) was signed today at the Embassy of Japan in Dhaka by H.E. Mr. Shiro Sadoshima, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, and Mr. S. M. Mujibur Rahman, Executive Director of PEP.

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Sudan + 2 others
Japan donates $500,000 to support Sudan’s AU mediation team

Sudan Tribune

March 28, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Japanese government has announced it will allocate $500,000 from its 2013 supplementary budget to support mission of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP).

The Japanese embassy in Khartoum issued a press statement on Thursday saying the money is part of Japan’s government contribution which amounts to $5 million to support AU’s efforts to resolve pressing issues of peace and security through the AU peace fund.

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Libya + 1 other
Japan Contributes US$5.2 Million to Support Explosive Remnants of War Clearance Efforts in Libya

Tripoli, 17 March 2014 – Japan is contributing US$5.2 million to the Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action to facilitate the clearance of explosive remnants of war, a program coordinated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

The contribution by the Government of Japan will go to executing the project “Support to Battle Area Clearance (BAC) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)” in Libya, which runs from 1 April 2014 through 31 March 2015 and is to be carried out in partnership with Libyan authorities.

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Philippines + 1 other
Japan provides a school building - evacuation center in Hermosa, Bataan

2627 Roxas Boulevard, 1300 Pasay City, Philippines
Phone: 551-5710 Ext. 2314/2316 Fax: 551-5784