06
Jan

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New Year’s Greetings 2020

Thank you for your continued support to the PBV! The year 2019 was, again, a year with devastating disasters around the globe. In mid-March, the powerful cyclone, Idai, struck southern African countries and caused severe damage in Mozambique. In summer, unprecedented heavy rains flooded Northern Kyushu in Japan, followed by typhoons No. 15 and No. 19 in Eastern Japan. While we engage in relief activities in the damaged areas, we are concerned about the scale and frequency of the storm-related disasters we have witnessed in recent years. The damage caused by disasters have been scaled up recently, and we feel the necessity to diversify our expertise and activities based on […]

23
Dec

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Typhoon Relief in Iwaki: Project period extended and more volunteers sought

Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has been in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, to support those affected by Typhoon No. 19 (Hagibis). We have been working on various projects, including cleaning of houses, hot-meal distribution, operational support at the local disaster volunteer center and supporting the evacuation center. Out activities have been supported by many volunteers who came from all over Japan, as well as from overseas. We appreciate their help in delivering support to those in need. More than two months have passed since the typhoon, but many residents are still having difficult life. More than 150 residents are still at the evacuation centers in Iwaki city alone, and many of other […]

20
Dec

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Planning a Year-end Clean-up? Donate Your Unwanted Items and Support the People in Need

Did you know that there is a way to clean up your house and make a donation at the same time? Otakara Aid and Value Books offer a service to pick up your unwanted items and donate their cash value to the Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV). If you have any unwanted items in the list below, simply pack them up and send them to the designated addresses. They will be evaluated, and the value of the goods will be donated to the PBV. Your donation will be used to support relief activities carried out by PBV. Items that can be donated: Otakara Aid (お宝エイド) :Postal stamps, post cards (unused/unposted […]

13
Dec

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Typhoon Hagibis Situation Update: Relief activities in Iwaki

It has been two months since the occurrence of a large-scale destruction caused by Typhoon Hagibis (No. 19). Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has been carrying out relief projects in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture for nearly 60 days. As time passes, more accurate details of the damage have been unveiled. According to a recent assessment, the number of houses damaged by the storm reaches over 9000 in Iwaki city alone. The media coverage on the disaster is surprisingly low, considering that it is one of the worst disasters in Japan since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. While so little is mentioned in national news, local people’s struggle for recovery […]

03
Dec

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It’s Giving Tuesday! 

This year, once again, many parts of Japan have experienced disasters, especially flooding and storms, resulting in large-scale destruction. This year, the Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has carried out emergency relief projects across Japan, including Saga Prefecture (heavy rains in July), Chiba Prefecture (Typhoons 15 and 19) and Fukushima Prefecture (Typhoon 19 and heavy rains caused by Typhoon 21), and we are also engaged in a relief project in Mozambique to support those affected by Cyclone Idai. If you are considering making a contribution to a charity this holiday season, supporting those affected by such disasters through the PBV may be a great option to leverage your contribution. Your […]

19
Nov

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Call for volunteers and donations! Typhoon Relief 2019

The Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has been carrying out relief projects in Chiba Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture, both of which are affected by Typhoons Faxai (No. 15) and Hagibis (No.19). The typhoons occurring in September and October, caused severe damage to buildings, public facilities, infrastructure and livelihood. PBV teams are working closely with local authorities, NGOs, disaster relief networks, and organizations in the affected regions to provide much needed support to local residents. In southern Chiba, thousands of houses sustained roof damage in the powerful winds of the typhoons. PBV has dispatched experienced and skilled volunteers to cover the damaged roofs with tarps for temporary protection. This work has […]

04
Nov

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Call for Volunteers! Typhoon 19 Emergency Relief in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture: 15-17 Nov., 2019

Typhoon 19 struck the Japanese archipelago with great force on October 12th and 13th, 2019. It brought record-breaking heavy rains to numerous areas and caused emergency warnings in 12 different prefectures. Levees broke in 145 places, and the flood damaged over 60,000 households. Peace Boat Disaster Relief Center (PBV) provides support predominantly in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture (affected by Typhoon 19) and Kyonan, Chiba prefecture (first hit by Typhoon 15, then struck again by Typhoon 19). Those whom suffered in this disaster need long-term help with reconstruction and recovery. PBV has set up a volunteer base in Iwaki and accepts volunteers not only from Japan but also from overseas. Please lend […]

15
Oct

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Call for donations: Emergency Fund for Typhoon Relief in Japan

From September 8 to 9, 2019, Typhoon Faxai (Typhoon No. 15) struck the Kanto area of eastern Japan with a very strong force. The strongest winds in the history of observation were observed at many locations, becoming a record storm. The storm blew away the roofs of houses, and some 3,900 buildings have been partially damaged (as of October 10, according to the the Fire and Disaster Management Agency). Around 80% of the damage is concentrated in Chiba Prefecture, just north of Tokyo. Since September, Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has been continuing support activities such as distribution of emergency supplies and repair of houses in Chiba Prefecture. Soon after, […]

01
Oct

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Announcement: Change of Organizational Name

We are pleased to announce that we are renaming our organization from “Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center” to “Peace Boat Disaster Relief,” starting on October 1st, 2019. New name (EN): Peace Boat Disaster Relief New name (JP): ピースボート災害支援センター Abbreviation: PBV Although our official name is changed, kindly continue calling us PBV, the name you are already familiar with. We are also introducing our new logo as shown left. Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center was founded at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 to succeed the relief efforts previously implemented by Peace Boat, an international NGO. To date, we have engaged in disaster relief activities […]

18
Sep

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Emergency Assistance: Post-typhoon Blackouts in Chiba

On September 9, a strong typhoon struck Kanto region of Japan. The typhoon (No. 15 or Faxai) made landfall and caused severe damage in areas including Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Tokyo and Chiba. In Chiba Prefecture, the typhoon knocked down hundreds of trees in the mountains, which caused significant damage to electricity supply facilities, leading to wide-scale blackouts in the region. A maximum of 900,000 households experienced power-cuts related to the typhoon. The blackout also affected the water supply in many parts of the prefecture as the pumps directing the water supply could not function without electricity. Mobile network and telephone communications were also not functioning for days due to the blackout. […]

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