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27 Mar 2015 description
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English Whole Report
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Japanese Summary

The Great East Japan Earthquake taught us many lessons.

We recommend the followings to prepare for future mega-disasters in Japan;

  1. To receive international assistance in an efficient manner in order to maximise the good-will of international community;

26 Mar 2015 description

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26 Mar 2015 description
report Peace Winds Japan

Four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. In Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which suffered a lot of damage, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is supporting the revival of local community. “Hare Valley”, a community care center for the elderly and other residents to connect socially, is expected to be completed in the spring. Concurrently with the construction project, more than 100 times of club activities took place in 2014, such as calligraphy course, fancywork course, eco-block workshop, ground-golf course, gardening workshop, etc.

21 Mar 2015 description

Humanitarian crises are not often associated with developed countries. However, nature does not discriminate between developed and developing countries. The Eastern Japan earthquake, which struck Fukushima on 11 March 2011, is proof that even in a disaster-prepared country such as Japan, nature can still cause massive destruction and threaten people’s lives and dignity.

20 Mar 2015 description
report Plan

Posted by Unni Krishnan, Plan International’s Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response

Emotional care should find a central place in disaster settings, blogs Plan International's Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response, Unni Krishnan.

15 March 2015: If you want to respond to and recover from a disaster and its impact on the mind, be prepared, play hard and plan for the future. Some might say it’s a mind game.

17 Mar 2015 description
report Singapore Red Cross

S$11.1m Multi-Purpose Community Hall in Rikuzentakata to serve 20,000 people

16 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

15 March 2015 – Integrating disaster risk reduction into development can save lives and livelihoods, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he toured Sendai, Japan, which was devastated four years ago by an earthquake and tsunami but which today, following an impressive rebuilding effort, is a reminder to the world that “we must turn all of the painful lessons of disasters into new policies for a better future.”

13 Mar 2015 description
report Peace Winds Japan

On March 11, 2015, it has been four years since the Great East Japan Earthquake left nearly 20,000 dead or missing and destroyed or partially destroyed nearly 300,000 homes. Large-scale construction such as banking and raising the ground is underway in the affected areas, construction of disaster public housings and new residential sites at higher land is gradually being completed. Some people started living in the new permanent accommodation, while more than 220,000 people still live in temporary housing.

12 Mar 2015 description

11 March 2015, TOKYO – The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today took part in the solemn remembrance ceremony in Tokyo for all those who died in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which occurred on March 11, 2011.

11 Mar 2015 description

(March 9, 2015)

Report says 32 million people in Japan are exposed to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster

11 March, 2015 | Geneva: Approximately 32 million people in Japan are affected by the radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, according to the 2015 Fukushima Report now available from Green Cross. This includes people who were exposed to radiation or other stress factors resulting from the accident, and who are consequently at potential risk from both long and short-term consequences.

10 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Emi Kiyota, Yasuhiro Tanaka, Margaret Arnold, and Daniel Aldrich

Introduction and key concepts

Japan has the world’s highest proportion of older people. In 2013, there were 31.9 million people over 65 years in 2013, up from 30.8 million in 2012. That is the highest recorded figure for that age group in the history of Japan, making people over 65 more than a quarter (25.1%) of the nation’s total population of 127.3 million. That percentage is expected to rise to 32 percent by 2030 and 40 percent by 2050. (UNDESA, 2010).

09 Mar 2015 description

Four years have now passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami devastated large areas of Eastern Japan and while much progress has been made in overall recovery, there are serious delays in rebuilding communities, and the Red Cross continues to support thousands of mainly elderly survivors who still live in temporary housing. The tsunami also caused meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant forcing the evacuation of large numbers of people who will not be able to return home in the foreseeable future because of radioactive contamination.

05 Mar 2015 description

By Hler Gudjonsson, IFRC

On March 11, 2011 the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami struck Yamada town, in Japan’s northern prefecture of Iwate. It was early in the afternoon and the children of Osawa Nursery School were just waking up from their afternoon naps. The teachers scrambled to evacuate the terrified children. Noriko Kawabata, the school principal, who had lived by the sea in Yamada town her whole life, knew that after an earthquake of this scale, there is always the risk of a tsunami.

02 Mar 2015 description

By Hler Gudjonsson

When the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant came into our field of vision, the Geiger counter started beeping, and as we drove closer the alarm became more and more intense. This route between Tomioka and Futaba was closed until September last year, and for a couple of kilometers abandoned homes lined both sides of the road. Driveways were barricaded and lawns had been left to grow wild.

02 Mar 2015 description

By Hler Gudjonsson, IFRC

The Red Cross hospital in Ishinomaki was the only hospital to withstand the force of the Great East Japan earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March, 2011. In 2006, the hospital had been relocated to a new site 4.5 km from the coast. The new building was designed to withstand the most violent of earthquakes, and still be able to continue providing lifesaving medical services to the population. Despite the fact that the tsunami had swept through the city, destroying everything in its path, the hospital escaped unscathed.

02 Mar 2015 description

By Hler Gudjonsson, IFRC

On March 11, 2011 the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami struck Yamada town, in Japan’s northern prefecture of Iwate. It was early in the afternoon and the children of Osawa Nursery School were just waking up from their afternoon naps. The teachers scrambled to evacuate the terrified children. Noriko Kawabata, the school principal, who had lived by the sea in Yamada town her whole life, knew that after an earthquake of this scale, there is always the risk of a tsunami.

27 Feb 2015 description
report Give2Asia

On March 14 - 18, experts from around the world will gather in Sendai, Japan for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). The meeting will lay down the guiding framework for how the world addresses natural disasters for the next 10 years.

Four years prior to the date of the WCDRR, a 9.0 earthquake struck 80 miles east of Sendai, sending 128 feet waves six miles inland. The Great East Japan Earthquake claimed the lives of 180,000 and caused $360 billion in damage. Many of the survivors were left with nothing and severely traumatized.

05 Feb 2015 description
report Internews Network

Embracing Change: The Critical Role of Information, a research project by the Internews' Center for Innovation & Learning, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, combines Internews' longstanding effort to highlight the important role of information with Rockefeller's groundbreaking work on resilience. The project focuses on three major aspects:

06 Jan 2015 description

Paris, France | AFP | Tuesday 6/1/2015 - 16:00 GMT |

The earthquake that set off the tsunami which caused the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster was unleashed by a stealthy nine-year buildup of pressure on a plate boundary, scientists said Tuesday.

Part of a fault where two mighty plates on the Earth's crust collide east of Japan was being quietly crushed and twisted for nearly a decade, they said.

It was this hard to detect activity which caused the fault eventually to rip open on March 11, 2011 and cause the catastrophe.