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Japan After The Earthquakes

Kuramoto Shieko, 85, was in the bath when the ground beneath her began to violently shake, rattling the frame of her house. She and her husband rushed outside as quickly as they could. It would be Kuramoto’s last time in her home, which her father had carefully built more than 130 years ago. Kuramoto and …

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International Medical Corps Activates Emergency Response Team after Japan Rocked by Second Powerful Earthquake in 48 Hours

International Medical Corps is deploying members of its emergency response team to Japan to assess the needs after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern city of Kumamoto-shi. The earthquake, which struck at 1:25 am local time on April 16, comes just one day after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the area along with several strong aftershocks. …

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International Medical Corps Works with People with Disabilities in Japan to Prepare for Future Disasters

After disaster struck the Fukushima Prefecture in the spring of 2011, the region has prioritized the need to re-examine their preparedness for future disasters. One startling statistic born out of the disaster was that the mortality rate amongst persons with disabilities was more than double that of the average person. International Medical Corps has partnered …

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Business Continuity Plans Help International Medical Corps Build the Capacity of Japanese NGOs to Respond to Disasters

The majority of Japanese NGOs realize that ensuring their organizational integrity when they themselves are hit by a disaster is a prerequisite to their ability to provide humanitarian aid quickly and efficiently to crisis-affected populations. However, many of these organizations do not have the necessary resources and technical know-how to make such preparations. To fill …

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Partnerships with Japanese Organizations Strengthen Recovering Communities

Our ongoing work in Japan focuses on families and individuals living in Fukushima Prefecture, an area of Japan heavily affected by the 2011 tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear accident, as well as the families that evacuated to neighboring Yamagata Prefecture. Together with partners Shapla Neer, IVY and The People, International Medical Corps is providing disaster survivors …

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Supporting Fukushima’s Evacuee-Mothers

International Medical Corps’ local partner International Volunteer Center of Yamagata (IVY) and a group of evacuee-mothers from Fukushima Prefecture have started a daycare center to support other local evacuee-mothers. Recognizing the lack of full-time daycare centers in the area, International Medical Corps and IVY opened the center to provide a safe, supportive environment for evacuee …

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