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GIEWS Country Brief: Japan 10-September-2014

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

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Japan: Landslides in Hiroshima - Information bulletin no. 1

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.

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Typhoon Neoguri challenges preparedness and Japanese Red Cross support

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.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 1 - 7 July 2014

Typhoon Neoguri is headed towards Japan and the government has issued warnings and evacuation advisories. Papua New Guinea and the Philippines continue to experience heavy floods.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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7 July 2014: Japan - Tropical cyclone Neoguri

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).

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Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami 36 Month Report

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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.

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Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami Operations Update n° 15

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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.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Japan 03-June-2014

Food Security Snapshot

  • The 2014 aggregate cereal harvest forecast to decline slightly but still above average
  • Cereal imports of the 2014/15 marketing year forecast at average levels
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Supporting Disaster Survivors with Disabilities in Japan

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AmeriCares

In 2013, the newly rebuilt Hachimaida workshop for people with disabilities in Shiroishi, Japan reopened – providing a vital service to disaster survivors in the community. The workshop, which was destroyed by the March 2011 earthquake was rebuilt with the support of AmeriCares, our partner, The Association for Aid and Relief (AAR Japan) and the umbrella organization that runs the facility, Shiroishi Youkouen.

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Japan launches new satellite to survey disasters

05/24/2014 04:35 GMT

TOKYO, May 24, 2014 (AFP) - Japan successfully launched a new mapping satellite on Saturday that will be used to survey damage from natural disasters and changes affecting rainforests.

The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) will be able to see scars left by catastrophes such as Japan's 2011 tsunami as well as monitor progress made in reconstruction, officials from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

Agence France-Presse:

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Japan Fukushima operator starts diverting groundwater to sea

05/21/2014 03:58 GMT

TOKYO, May 21, 2014 (AFP) - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Wednesday it has begun a bypass system that diverts groundwater into the sea in a bid to reduce the volume of contaminated water.

The move is an attempt to stop tonnes of unpolluted groundwater flowing under the battered plant and mixing with water already there and laced with radioactive isotopes.

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GIEWS Country Brief : Japan 13-May-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 aggregate cereal harvest forecast to decline slightly but still above average

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

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Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aid Report (April 2014)

Three-Year Report Available Online

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011, leading to the largest Japanese Red Cross disaster response in the country in its history.

Immediately after the earthquake, the Japanese Red Cross launched relief operations such as distributing relief supplies, deploying medical teams from 92 Red Cross hospitals, preparing hot meals at evacuation centres, and other activities to help people affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

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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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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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Fukushima water decontamination system down again

03/25/2014 04:22 GMT

TOKYO, March 25, 2014 (AFP) - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday it had shut down a key decontamination system used to clean radiation-tainted water, just hours after it came back online.

Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) switched off its Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) after workers discovered leaks "seeping" from a tank late Monday.

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Fukushima operator halts water decontamination system

03/19/2014 02:45 GMT

TOKYO, March 19, 2014 (AFP) - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Wednesday it has temporarily shut down a decontamination system that scrubs radiation-tainted water used to cool damaged reactors.

Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said it had discovered a defect in its Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) and switched it off on Tuesday for repairs.

It is not the first time the utility has shut down the system, which has been hit by a series of glitches since trial operations began a year ago.

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MoU for the Promotion of Disaster Preparedness Education between the Japan Meteorological Agency and the Japanese Red Cross Society

I am Tadateru Konoé, president of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS). I very much welcome the signing of the MoU for the Promotion of Disaster Preparedness Education between the JRCS and the Japan Meteorological Agency.