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UPCOMING WEBINAR | Disaster Preparedness and Response for Aging Populations

June 21, 2024 (Asia) | June 20, 2024 (USA) | Online

JCIE and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) will co-host a webinar on how national and local government and communities can better prepare and respond to disasters, particu…

10 Years after 3/11: Reflecting on Lessons Learned

March 2021 |

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 Seminar: NGOs as Strategic Partners in Development and Humanitarian Assistance

June 6, 2018 | Tokyo, Japan

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, dra…

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

March 1–3, 2017 | 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…

2015 Japanese Diet Delegation to the United States

September 28–October 2, 2015 | Washington DC

The 2015 US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program brought the 28th delegation of Japanese diet members and parliamentarians to the US, where they met and engaged in discussions with members of Congress…

Strategic Assistance: Asia Pacific Stability and Disaster Relief | Workshop III

September 11–12, 2014 | Tokyo

The third workshop provided the project research team the opportunity to engage with key constituencies within the US., Japanese, and international HA/DR communities, present tentative recommendations…

Strategic Assistance: Disaster Relief and Asia-Pacific Stability | Workshop II

March 8–9, 2014 |

This second workshop was designed to solicit input regarding the region’s likely reaction to the proposed US-Japan Strategic Assistance concept from leaders in the United States, Japan, Singapore, Ind…

Strategic Assistance: Disaster Relief and Asia-Pacific Stability | Workshop I

September 12–13, 2013 | Washington, DC

A Washington DC workshop held as part of the Strategic Assistance Project, a collaborative research project of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and JCIE, discussed how to develop an allianc…

UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 28th Conference

May 19–22, 2011 | London

The 28th annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group was convened in London on May 19–22, 2011. Thirty-two senior Japanese and British figures discussed areas for potential greater collaboration…

Strengthening Nongovernmental Contributions to Regional Security Cooperation | Tokyo Workshop

January 18–19, 2010 | Tokyo

On January 18–19, 2010, the participants gathered in Tokyo for a workshop to discuss initial findings of a project examining (1) the roles of civil society in enhancing regional security cooperation,…


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

Dr. Hiroko Okuda and Dr. Jun Tomio

February 2024

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

Koji Tomita

March 11, 2021

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.

Supporting Disaster Survivors in Japan

Sachiko Aoki and Kimberly Gould Ashizawa


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 Wo…

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

Japan Center for International Exchange


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 f…

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

Taylor Wofford

November 1, 2016

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 cou…

Getting International Disaster Philanthropy Right: Lessons from Japan's 2011 Tsunami

James Gannon


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…

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

James Gannon

August 29, 2016

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 l…

Japan Earthquake Fifth Anniversary: U.S. Response Overwhelming

Trevor Williams

March 10, 2016

Individuals and organizations from the U.S. have given $746.1 million to support Japan’s recovery from its “triple disaster,” JCIE announced on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the earthquake, tsun…

Preparing for Future Disasters: Strategic Assistance and the US-Japan Alliance

Kei Koga, Thomas B. Fargo, Alison Szalwinski, Noboru Yamaguchi, and Ryo Sahashi


This JCIE/NBR report examines the challenges posed by major disasters in the Asia-Pacific and argues that the United States and Japan need to elevate humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to be…

Innovative Disaster Responses: Model Approaches from Japan's 3/11 Disaster

Atsuko Geiger, Kaede Kawauchi, and Serena Bellamy


In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the role of the Japanese civil society in the recovery and reconstruction process, this report analyzes four innovative projects that can be emulated…

Strengthening US-Japan NGO Partnerships on Humanitarian Responses—Lessons from 3/11

Japan Center for International Exchange


This two-year study assesses the effectiveness of Japanese NGOs’ international partnerships in the response to the 3/11 disaster. Based on interviews with key figures from Japanese and Western NGOS, d…

Bringing People Together: Assessing the Impact of 3/11 on US-Japan Grassroots Exchange

Atsuko Geiger


Dr. Atsuko Geiger analyzes the depth of preexisting US-Japan grassroots ties, which was made evident by the international response to Japan’s 3/11 disaster, and also how these efforts can continue to…

International Philanthropy and Disasters in Developed Countries: The US Response to Japan’s 3.11 Disaster

James Gannon

July 2014

An analysis of the US philanthropic response to the 3/11 disaster in Japan and the challenges of donor coordination for disasters in developed countries.

A Growing Force: Civil Society's Role in Asian Regional Security

Rizal Sukma and James Gannon, eds.


The authors explore the role of civil society organizations in responding to security threats in the five areas of piracy, disaster relief, human trafficking, health, and climate change, in order to a…