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A Report Back from Tohoku: a presentation from Atsuko Toko Fish, Co-founder of the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund-Boston

A Report Back from Tohoku: a presentation from Atsuko Toko Fish, Co-founder of the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund-Boston

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  • By Atsuko Toko Fish, Co-founder of JDRFB A Report Back from Tohoku T HE F ish F amily F oundation http://japanesedisasterrelieffund.org Wednesday May 25, 2011 Photos by Emily Fish
  • Setting up the Fund for Disaster Relief in Japan
    • The Boston Foundation
    • Japan Society of Boston
    • The Fish Family Foundation
    To provide direct and most impact project to the communities and individuals in the affected area, Tokoku of Japan Purpose of the Fund
  • PURPOSE OF MY TRIP
    • To get a better understanding of the needs of the people in the affected area (Tohoku area)
    • To reach out to the local NGOs in order to distribute funds effectively
  • JAPAN DISASTER MAP
  • DISASTER FACTS Tohoku Comparison Death Toll 14,981 lives 1,836 (Katrina) # Missing 9,850 individuals 135 (Katrina) # of Evacuees at Shelters 115,000 individuals # of Shelters 2,500 sites Destroyed Shoreline 265 miles Boston to Syracuse Destroyed Land Mass 155 sq miles 3 times size of Boston
  • Fukushima City Fukushima Prefecture
  • Visiting the Mayor of Fukushima
  • Distribution of relief goods by ICA Japan
  • Orderly living space in the shelters
  • Evacuees seeking to return to normacy…
  • Kids will be kids
  • Soma City Fukushima Prefecture
  • Moving closer to the coast, the conditions got worse …
  • Doctors from BJMRI filled the leadership role in the community
  • Youth convene in a community living space
  • Outdoor cooking space managed by volunteers
  • Entire township destroyed by the tsunami…
  • Nothing remains…
  • Sendai City Miyagi Prefecture
  • Destroyed automobiles in the Nissan lot in Kohoku Port
  • Iwate Prefecture Ofunato and Rikuzentakata
  • Volunteers from All Hands clearing debris
  • There is more work ahead
  • Factories destroyed…
  • So much lost …
  • RECOVERY PHASES
    • Providing shelter and necessities
    • Recovering public transportation
    • Preventing epidemics
    • Temporary Housing
    • Clearing debris and reconstructing houses
    • Local job creation & Economic Development
    • Comprehensive regional strategic recovery plan, including community development and rebuilding of industry
    • Compensation from TEPCO and government (central and regional).
  • CONCLUSION
    • The tragedy is beyond imagination
    • It is a long way to recover, even people in Tohoku are very patient but there is a limit.
    • What we can do for Tohoku: Give them Hopes and Dreams .
    • Boston can help with our unique resources
      • Education, Medical, technology and finance