Great East Japan Earthquake Relief Activities in the Affected Areas by International NGOs
Following the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, many Japanese development NGOs that usually work overseas offered emergency relief and rebuilding support. The Taskforce for Disaster Response was established on March 12, 2011, in order to help ensure that these NGOs could effectively apply their knowledge and experience from overseas aid activities to domestic relief activities. The Taskforce helped facilitated activities by international NGOs, public organizations and affiliated networks, corporations, local non-profit organizations, local citizens groups in Tohoku, and other civil society organizations both in Japan and overseas. At the end of March 2014, the Taskforce officially concluded its 3-year mission. Some of the projects undertaken by the Taskforce have become parts of existing projects by JANIC and other organizations, so that the efforts to increase disaster preparedness can continue.