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06 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Prospects for 2015 wheat crop are favourable

  • Cereal imports in 2014/15 marketing year forecast at average levels

Prospects for 2015 wheat crop are favourable

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.

19 Jan 2015 description

By Andy McElroy and Yuki Matsuoka

KOBE, 19 January 2015 – A firm resolve to build a more resilient future in honour of those who lost their lives in the Kobe earthquake 20 years ago was evident amid the sombre services of remembrance over the weekend.

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress led the tributes at a special memorial service at Hyogo House to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake attended by relatives of those killed as well as several dignitaries.

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.

20 Dec 2014 description

Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Saturday 20/12/2014 - 12:15 GMT |

One of four heavily damaged reactor buildings at Japan's tsunami-battered Fukushima nuclear power plant has been cleared of radioactive fuel rods, the operator said Saturday.

It was a significant step in the decommissioning efforts, but workers still have three heavily crippled reactors to clean up after they were sent into meltdown in the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster.

The overall cleanup work of the Fukushima plant is expected to take decades.

24 Nov 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2014 aggregate cereal production forecast to remain high

  • Cereal imports of 2014/15 marketing year forecast at average levels

06 Nov 2014 description

By Andy McElroy

INCHEON, 6 November 2014 – Ito Yoshichika is one of many proud citizens of the City of Sendai who are looking forward to telling their remarkable story of recovery when the city plays host to an expected 8,000 participants at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in March 2015.

30 Oct 2014 description

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) has been setting up libraries and providing books to facilities for people with disabilities that were struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake in the prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate. The libraries greatly help to stabilize the minds of children with disabilities who are likely to have trouble adjusting to the new environment brought about by the earthquake.

Large-sized picture books have enriched children’s emotions – Fukushima

18 Sep 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 aggregate cereal production forecast to remain high
  • Cereal imports of the 2014/15 marketing year forecast at average levels

The 2014 aggregate cereal production forecast to remain high

22 Aug 2014 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.

11 Jul 2014 description

By Midori Tasaka, Japanese Red Cross Society

As Typhoon Neoguri pushed through Japan’s main island, passing Tokyo, the powerful storm provided a key test for early warning systems, upgraded since the 2011 tsunami, and measures put in place by the Japanese Red Cross Society to support the most vulnerable.

07 Jul 2014 description

SITUATION

• NEOGURI formed on 3 July over the Pacific Ocean, south of Guam, and started moving north-west, significantly strengthening. On 7 July at 6.00 UTC, it was a very intense Typhoon (max. sust. winds of 249 km/h). Its centre was located approx. 400 km south-east of the island of Miyako and approx. 500 km south of Okinawa (Japan).

19 Jun 2014 description
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36 Month Report
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Expenditure Report

Glide no. EQ-2011-000028-JPN

Period covered by this report: 11 March 2011 – 31 March 2014

1. Executive Summary:

Not a single agency alone has ever managed to respond to the scale of the disaster, the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET), which devastated the north-eastern part of Japan on 11 March 2011.

06 Jun 2014 description
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Operations Update
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Financial Report

Period covered by this report: 1 January 2014 – 31 March 2014

Highlights:

  • The budget of the JRCS relief and recovery programme stands at JPY 60 billion of which 78.1 per cent (JPY 46.9 billion) has been spent by the end of March 2014.