Japan Earthquake Fifth Anniversary: U.S. Response Overwhelming

Trevor Williams
March 10, 2016
Global Atlanta

“Individuals and organizations from the U.S. have given $746.1 million to support Japan’s recovery from its ‘triple disaster,’ an exchange organization announced on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis that struck the coastline of the Tohoku region March 11, 2011. 

JCIE surveyed more than 1,300 organizations to come up with the figure, which constitutes the fifth largest outpouring of support from the U.S. for any tragedy, foreign or domestic. It’s just behind the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and the devastating Haiti earthquake of 2010 for quantity of American donations sent abroad, according to the University of Indiana’s Center on Philanthropy.”

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Atlanta high and middle school students at the Sendai airport in the Miyagi Prefecture that suffered in the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami disaster that plagued Japan's coastal areas. The airport has been completely rehabilitated and the students are joined by Katsuhiko Ito, the airport president. They are standing in front of a mural with an image of the statue of daimyo Date Masamune, an esteemed samurai who came to the city in 1600. Photo credit: Global Atlanta

This article in Global Atlanta looks at JCIE’s report on US giving for Japan’s recovery efforts five years after the Great Japan Earthquake.