On April 16, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook the Kumamoto Prefecture in the Kyushu Region of Japan. This main quake and several aftershocks have caused severe damage and serious injuries throughout the Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures. More than 40 people were killed and over 100,000 have been displaced to date. The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) offers condolences, support and prayers for all of the affected and their families. USJC has ties to the Kumamoto and Oita communities through many of our recent people-to-people leadership programs. Also many of our Members have ties to the region through heritage, and feel an important personal connection.
This disaster has led to an immediate need for emergency supplies, such as food, water and medicine, as well as longer term recovery efforts. We stand ready to support people and communities in the disaster area. We are pleased to see many of the NGO’s that we have worked with over the past five years are active in relief operations. USJC supports Global Giving as one option to our members and supporters who would like to offer their assistance to the people of Kumamoto and surrounding areas. Global Giving, led by Council Member Mari Kuraishi, is well-equipped to direct donated funds to experienced NPO’s and NGO’s working in impactful ways throughout the affected community.
For more information, please visit Global Giving’s page.