AHWIN Papers No. 4: Disaster Preparedness for Aging Populations—Lessons from Japan

The fourth publication in the “AHWIN Papers” series examines Japan’s actions to improve disaster preparedness to better safeguard the country’s aging population.

Japan’s Friendship with the US Remains Unshakable

This opinion piece was written by Ambassador Koji Tomita, who references a 2016 JCIE survey on US givings in the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami disaster response.

10 Years after 3/11: Reflecting on Lessons Learned

On March 11 2011, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan’s Tohoku region, followed by hundreds of aftershocks and a devastating tsunami. JCIE quickly launched efforts to support the international response by serving as a bridge between overseas donors and Japanese groups working in the disaster zone, facilitating coordination among American and Japanese humanitarian organizations, and disseminating information and analysis to support responders. We have highlighted some of the vital lessons learned from the international response efforts.

JCIE Publication | Supporting Disaster Survivors in Japan

This report highlights Kamaishi City Social Welfare Council, Kodomo no Empowerment Iwate, Kurashi no Supporters, and SakuraNet, four nonprofit organizations that received $2.8 million in United Way Worldwide Funding.

Seminar: NGOs as Strategic Partners in Development and Humanitarian Assistance

This seminar was part of a JCIE project on NGOs as Strategic Partners, conducted from 2015 to 2018. Participants examined what Japanese NGOs and government agencies can do to work together on ODA, drawing on the US experience of fostering strategic partnerships on development and humanitarian assistance to consider steps that can help government agencies and NGOs become true strategic partners.

JCIE Publications | Becoming Strategic Partners: Lessons for NGOs and Government Agencies from the American Experience

This report examines how strategic partnerships between NGOs and the US Government operate and why they emerged, drawing lessons on how Japanese NGOs might develop similar partnerships and build the foundations for deeper US-Japan cooperation on development.

NGOs as Strategic Partners: Japanese NGO Leaders Delegation to Washington DC

JCIE brought a team of executives from leading Japanese NGOs in the field of development and humanitarian assistance to the US to study what is needed to strengthen the institutional capacity of Japan’s NGO sector and advance US-Japan development cooperation.

Immersive Learning: A Haunted House in Japan Teaches Citizens Earthquake Preparedness

At the Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, visitors go through an “experience learning facility” where they’re taught how to survive in the immediate aftermath of a major natural disaster. In a country like Japan, where major earthquakes threaten to kill thousands and decimate GDP, this kind of simulation training could be invaluable to the civilian population.

JCIE Publications | Getting International Disaster Philanthropy Right: Lessons from Japan’s 2011 Tsunami

This report looks closely at the US’s philanthropic response to Japan’s March 2011 tsunami, drawing lessons on what can be done in future responses to overseas disasters, especially in other developed countries.

Learning from Japan’s Tsunami: Six Steps to Improve International Disaster Philanthropy

When news began trickling out about the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, it was immediately clear we were dealing with a disaster of historic proportions. What was less clear was how the rest of the world should respond, especially since the disaster hit a rich country rather than an impoverished one.