Activities by JANIC

Information Dissemination & Facilitation: Our activities in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake (Fiscal Year 2011)

Immediately following the March 11th, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, we established a website and mailing list, and started gatherings to exchange information. By March 22nd, the Taskforce for Disaster Response was up and running.

In order to gather information about local needs and to help facilitate collaboration among NGOs and organizations from other sectors, we established regional offices in Sendai, Tono (Iwate Prefecture), and Fukushima City. By the middle of the year, we had organized our support activities in the following four categories: 1) information dissemination, 2) facilitation, 3) advocacy and networking, and 4) keeping records and gathering stories.

In March 2012, as a way of summarizing our work in the first year, we developed and published a summary report with recommendations, awareness-raising materials, and a DVD.

Our Roles as a Network NGO: Dealing with long-term issues (Fiscal Year 2012)

In 2012, our focus shifted to Fukushima, as we identified a lack of sufficient support in the area and the prolonged challenges of the nuclear crisis, as well as its importance in the international community. Because of this shift, the regional offices in Sendai and Tono were closed.

In June 2012, we started new projects through our “Fukushima NGO Collaboration Space”, to facilitate support from overseas and to share information about Fukushima in English. We also established, in collaboration with five partner organizations, “Project on Retreat for the children in Fukushima to avoid radiation and evacuee's database building”.

In addition, we started activities to promote disaster preparedness ? for example, supporting NGOs’ capacity building in the field of disaster relief, and promoting the adoption of international standards (such as HAP, Sphere) to ensure proper disaster response. We also focused on partnership building both domestically and internationally, working with organizations such as Tokyo Voluntary Action Center and the Global Network for Disaster Reduction (GNDR).

Preparing for Future Disasters (Fiscal Year 2013)

In 2013, our activities placed a further emphasis on disaster preparedness. In preparation for the 2015 Post-Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA2), we strengthened our efforts to learn from and apply our lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake, particularly in the areas of complex humanitarian emergencies, nuclear disasters, and risk management.

In January 2013, we established the Japan CSO Coalition for 2015 WCDRR(JCC2015) as a way to reinforce our HFA?related activities. JCC2015 has, for example, participated in international initiatives such as the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, and has submitted joint proposals together with Japanese and international NGOs.

Lastly, in 2013, we also worked on analyzing and summarizing relief activities by international NGOs and other organizations in Tohoku, with the resulting report slated for publication in 2014.

Ongoing Activities through JANIC (Fiscal Year 2014)

The Taskforce for Disaster Response officially concluded its work in 2013, but most of its major activities have become part of existing projects by JANIC.

The coordination of the JCC2015 has been handed over to the Research & Advocacy Group at JANIC, which is working to further strengthen relationships with national and international partners, and to establish HFA2.

The activities focused on promoting the adaptation of international standards and supporting NGO capacity building have been incorporated into the JANIC Capacity Building Group to be maintained as part of its ongoing projects.

Our projects in Fukushima have also been passed on to a new non-profit organization, which has been established by one of the former members of the Taskforce for Disaster Response.

NGO Relief Fund for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Fukushima on the Globe