Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund

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Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund

The Japan Society watched with deep sadness as the news unfolded of the scale of damage from the Tohoku Pacific earthquake* on 11 March 2011. We renew our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to all who have lost loved ones or have been affected by the disastrous events.
(*Officially renamed ‘The Great East Japan Earthquake’ in April 2011.)

We immediately created a relief fund to aid victims of the Tohoku earthquake with the intention of distributing all funds received to organizations working to help people in the affected areas recover from the devastating effects of the earthquake and tsunami.

We have been touched and overwhelmed by the magnificent response not only from our members who have given, and continue to give, so very generously to the Fund, but also by the individuals and groups across the UK who have donated to the Fund by organizing a huge number of fund raising events.

We are delighted to be working with the Sanaburi Foundation in Sendai to identify and support local activity throughout the region. Local NPOs are best placed to identify need and to work with members of their communities to rebuild their lives, but may need support from outside the region to deliver these projects effectively.

The Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund will channel all donations received to the ongoing work of voluntary and community organizations (NPOs) working in the most affected prefectures. Now that the emergency relief work of the Japanese government, the Japan Red Cross and other national and international relief agencies is well underway , and the basic physical needs of the victims of the disaster have been met, there is still an immense amount of work to be done to rebuild lives and livelihoods. We believe that grassroots organizations, working with their local stakeholders, are best equipped to deliver medium and long-term support through activities for which they themselves identify the need. We will work with representatives and support networks of local NPOs to ensure that funds are directed to appropriate organizations on the ground for maximum impact.

Details of the implementation of the Fund and the application process are on the Sanaburi website and here on the Japan Society website.

TOTAL RAISED as at 11 November 2013



nb fundraising events counted as ‘one’



You can also contribute to the Japan Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund by credit/debit card by telephoning the office on 020 7935 0475 or by sending a cheque to:

Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund
The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP

Please make your cheques payable to the Japan Society with “Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund” on the reverse.

If you wish to pay by Bank Transfer we will provide you with our bank details on request.

If you are a UK tax payer, we can reclaim tax on your donation making it worth more. You must have paid an amount of UK Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax equal to any tax reclaimed.

Please don’t forget to indicate whether you wish us to do this. A suggested form of words to authorize this is ‘I am a UK tax payer. Please reclaim Gift Aid on my donation.’

For additional information, please email info@japansociety.org.uk

The Japan Society is a registered charity and is registered as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales. Company number 3371038 Charity number 1063952 VAT Registration No: 241 5505 89.


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Tel: 020 7935 0475

The Japan Society
13/14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP