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Posted by Peter Biro on March 11th, 2013
March 11 marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. The IRC continues to work with three Japanese aid groups to assist elderly and disabled survivors, and help rebuild the ruined coastal fishing industry. more »
Posted by The IRC on March 11th, 2012
IRC partner AAR’s Honda Masumi walks among the ruins of what was once a school in the city of Kamaishi, Japan. The school was destroyed on March 11, 2011 by a powerful tsunami generated by the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 16th, 2012
Children practice for a student performance at Karakuwa elementary school in the tsunami-wrecked town of Kesennuma, Japan. The IRC and our partner Peace Winds Japan have helped to furnish the school. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 6th, 2012
The IRC's Shinko Tana on focusing attention on overlooked communities in Japan that are trying to recover from the March 2011 tsunami ... plus other notable quotes touching on the IRC's work around the world. more »
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Posted by The IRC on January 1st, 2012
Happy New Year from all of us at the IRC! May 2012 be filled with peace, joy and renewal. more »
Posted by Shinko Tana on December 11th, 2011
I am back in Japan for the first time in five months to meet with the IRC’s three local partners and hear about the progress being made as the northeast slowly recovers from the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on December 2nd, 2011
More than eight months after a tsunami ravaged northeastern Japan, IRC partner AAR is continuing to assist survivors with disabilities and others who have had difficulty accessing aid. more »
Posted by Shinko Tana on May 24th, 2011
Cut off by the tsunami, people on Oshika peninsula in Japan struggle without fresh food and basic supplies. more »
Posted by Shinko Tana on May 12th, 2011
I am visiting the Asunaro Home, a low, white building perched on a small mountain above Rikuzentakata -- one of the worst-hit cities in Japan’s devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Established seven years ago, the facility offers people with autism and other mental disabilities opportunities to build vocational skills and earn an income. more »
Posted by Shinko Tana on May 10th, 2011
Driving along the Japanese coast, you immediately see the scope of the destruction that followed the earthquake and the tsunami. It's far greater than pictures can convey. Amazingly, some houses are still standing, but as you get closer you can see that only their exterior walls are left -- the rooms inside were completely washed away. more »