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【News Letter Vol.2】

More than four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011.

The disaster-affected coastal areas of Miyagi Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture are making progress in reconstruction projects for public facilities, such as schools and hospitals, and restoration work for roads and transportation systems. Meanwhile, residents and the government are taking a crucial step to sort out the issues that must be discussed. These issues include how to reuse land that were flooded and have sagged due to the disaster, group relocation of residents leaving their hometowns and revival of local industries.

Fukushima Prefecture, which continues to face problems caused by the nuclear power plant accident, has been carrying out decontamination work and still sees many challenges with reconstruction of the affected areas only partially completed. Some evacuees returned quickly to or were required to return to their communities as soon as possible, while some are still waiting to return, and others have chosen to move to new places, so the support we provide must reflect each of their intentions.

Civic Force has been supporting people who are trying to revitalize their communities in such dire conditions. In addition, we have taken action as a member of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) to save as many people as possible, especially in the Asia Pacific region, who are affected by natural disasters such as typhoons and floods.

At the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held mainly in Miyagi Prefecture in March 2015, we supported A-PAD in organizing the public forum entitled, “The forefront of disaster response with private sector partnership: innovations to achieve disaster risk reduction, response, and reconstruction beyond sectors and national borders” . We also held discussions with our counterparts, including representatives of companies and NGOs in Indonesia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.

The second volume of “Civic Force News Letter,” the free paper provided to you quarterly, introduces our aid activities in the Tohoku region, now in its fifth year after the earthquake, and events at the conference that took place in Sendai.


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