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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.

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Survey for Japanese Red Cross personnel on their relief activities during the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) provided various support to the affected areas including medical relief after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami occurred. In Fukushima, the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant caused the nuclear disaster. We conducted relief activities as much as possible. However, the JRCS had never experienced a response to a nuclear disaster and there were constraints in our relief activities in Fukushima. We think that we need to review our experience and the work issues that we faced.

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“Nuclear Emergency Relief Activities Manual” Prepared

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) has prepared a “Manual on Conducting Relief Activities in a Nuclear Emergency” which establishes guidelines on safe operational limits. Going forward, training will be provided to relief personnel on safety practices and procedures in a nuclear emergency.

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Recovery continues three years after the Japan earthquake and tsunami

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Direct Relief

Three years ago, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster battered northern Japan, killing more than 16,000 people and leaving thousands more missing and injured. Thanks to its generous supporters, Direct Relief has since provided more than $5.5 million in grants to 13 Japanese aid groups working to provide relief and recovery to survivors of the strongest known earthquake to ever hit Japan.

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Today Japan Remembers

By Yuki Matsuoka

11 March 2014, TOKYO - Three years on, the pain has not diminished. Today, the whole of Japan is remembering the day of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The confirmed death toll stands at 15,884 with 2,633 missing and 267,000 people are living as evacuees.

At the national memorial service held in Tokyo today in the presence of their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reconfirmed his commitment to building a disaster resilient nation.

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Amid complex problems, Red Cross stands by Japan survivors

March 11th, Tokyo / Geneva: Three years on from the earthquake and tsunami which battered the Eastern part of Japan in March 2011, the Red Cross continues to support many of the thousands of survivors still in temporary housing as they try to return to normal life. Support is also being provided to thousands of people forced from their homes by the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant which was triggered by the tsunami.

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Disaster, disability and a community’s revival

“I thought this was the end of the world,” says Yusuke Ishimori, a young survivor of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated communities along Japan’s east coast. Yusuke is from Ishinomaki, one of the cities hardest hit by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the massive waves that followed.

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Lessons from Japan's Triple Disaster: Three Years On

For humanitarian actors working in other countries, there is a clear lesson to pay attention to the prospects for nuclear/industrial/technological accidents triggered by natural hazards.

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Patience running out among Japan's disaster refugees

03/10/2014 03:20 GMT

by Harumi OZAWA

ISHINOMAKI, March 10, 2014 (AFP) - The Takeyamas have tried to move on and forget the enormous waves that swept away relatives, their home and the lives they once had.

But the couple, both in their seventies, still spend countless nights staring at the ceiling of their tiny makeshift house, built after Japan's quake-tsunami disaster three years ago, thinking about better times.

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The children of Japan's Fukushima battle an invisible enemy

By Toru Hanai and Elaine Lies

KORIYAMA, Japan, March 10 (Reuters) - Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it's like to play outside -- fear of radiation has kept them in doors for much of their short lives.

Though the strict safety limits for outdoor activity set after multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in 2011 have now been eased, parental worries and ingrained habit mean many children still stay inside.

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Businesses, communities thrive three years after disaster

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Mercy Corps

Filed by: Carol Skowron, Senior Program Officer, Japan

As I sat in the office of a gleaming new factory in Rikuzentakata, Japan, munching on delicious vegetable tempura, I listened to Ms. Nobuko Tsuda describe her food processing business, which now employs 16 people.

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Japan to lift part of Fukushima evacuation order: official

02/24/2014 03:52 GMT

TOKYO, February 24, 2014 (AFP) - Japan will lift an exclusion order on an area around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, allowing some residents to return to live for the first time since the disaster, officials said Monday.

"The formal lifting of the evacuation order will come on April 1, affecting around 300 people" whose homes are in part of Tamura city, around 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of the wreaked plant, a Cabinet Office official told AFP.

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Post-tsunami deaths outnumber disaster toll in one Japan area

02/20/2014 07:35 GMT

by Beverly PARUNGAO

TOKYO, February 20, 2014 (AFP) - Health complications stemming from Japan's 2011 tsunami have killed more people in one Japanese region than the disaster itself, the local authority said Thursday.

Data compiled by officials and police show that almost three years after the huge waves smashed ashore, 1,656 people living in Fukushima prefecture have died from stress and other illnesses related to the disaster, compared with 1,607 who were killed in the initial calamity.

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100-tonne radioactive water leak at Fukushima: TEPCO

02/20/2014 06:48 GMT

by Kyoko HASEGAWA

TOKYO, February 20, 2014 (AFP) - A new leak of 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water has been discovered at Fukushima, the plant's operator said Thursday, after it revealed only one of nine thermometers in a crippled reactor was still working.

The toxic water is no longer escaping from a storage tank on the site, said a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power, adding it was likely contained, but the news is a further blow to the company's already-battered reputation for safety.

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