Earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Children playing in the temporary kindergarten, supported by the Japanese Red Cross, which is helping to keep together the community from the town of Naraha. IFRC

Two years on from the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, thousands of survivors have benefited from a variety of programmes carried out by the Japanese Red Cross Society ranging from caring for the psychosocial needs of the elderly to the reconstruction of major hospitals.

In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Japanese Red Cross medical teams deployed from their network of hospitals across the country, treated nearly 90,000 people. Since then, much of the focus for the Red Cross has been on providing welfare services; this includes help for 135,000 displaced families resettled into temporary homes that were provided with a package of household electrical appliances.

Significant investment has also been made in re-building damaged health infrastructure and building temporary medical facilities.  Five hospitals and medical centers have now been constructed with Red Cross support. Over 300 vehicles have been donated to support transportation needs in 200 social welfare institutions and nearly 1,000 special beds have been provided for care homes for the elderly.

Data visualisation of some Red Cross projects in Japan

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Japan - one year on. A video from the Japanese Red Cross Society

IFRC Secretary General visits Fukushima communities to see the vital work of the Japanese Red Cross Society

IFRC Secretary General visits Fukushima communities to see the vital work of the Japanese Red Cross Society

Community, safety, respect, dignity. These were reoccurring themes discussed by IFRC Secretary General Elhadj As Sy with Japanese Red Cross members, government officials, communities and technical experts in Japan this week.

Thousands flee landslides and flash floods in Hiroshima

Thousands flee landslides and flash floods in Hiroshima

Since 20 August, torrential rains have lashed Hiroshima prefecture in western Japan causing flash floods and landslides which have killed 39 people.

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