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Japan Society Rose Fund – an update from Yuji Suzuki, Sanaburi Foundation

14 September — 6:00 pm

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Thursday 14 September 2017         6:00 for 6.30pm

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91 Bell Street
Marylebone
London NW1 6TL

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Japan Society members will well remember their feelings on hearing of the devastating earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011, and watching with great sadness as the tragic aftermath unfolded over the subsequent days and weeks. Members and many others immediately responded with generous donations to support the recovery of the region.

The Japan Society’s Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund raised over £750,000 and we worked with the Sanaburi Foundation in Sendai to identify and support local activity throughout the region. Known in Japan as the Rose Fund, this support was distributed to local NPOs and voluntary organisations working with members of their communities to meet needs identified by those on the ground.

We are delighted to welcome Yuji Suzuki, Secretary General of the Sanaburi Foundation, who will be passing through London on a short visit. He will be joining us for an informal session, in which he will speak about some of the projects supported by the Fund as well as reflecting on the current situation in Tohoku, six and a half years after the disaster. Although short notice, we are sure that many members and others who contributed to the Fund will be interested to hear both about achievements since 2011 and about challenges still remaining.

Yuji Suzuki is the Senior Managing Director & Secretary General of the Sanaburi Foundation, a community foundation established after 11 March 2011 to address community issues and to serve as a local intermediary organization for recovery in Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate Prefectures. The Foundation supports the business community with start-up funds for entrepreneurs, works to increase donor and civic engagement, makes grants or loans in response to locally assessed needs, and promotes and facilitates collaboration and partnerships among individuals, businesses, non-profit organisations and government. Prior to his current position, Yuji worked for the Japan Office of International Youth Foundation and helped corporations develop their CSR programs.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk.

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