08
Jun

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Updates on Typhoon Hagibis Relief: New Grant Awarded for Projects in Iwaki and Chiba

Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) is excited to announce the award of a typhoon Hagibis relief grant from a US-based organization, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, to support our ongoing recovery efforts in the Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture and the southern Chiba region. As previously shared on this news section and on our Facebook page, we have been working in the two areas affected by the typhoon since October 2019. Up until this spring, we had worked with hundreds of volunteers who came over to the project sites and lent a helping hand to rebuild communities and regain livelihoods in Iwaki and southern Chiba. We have implemented diverse projects, such as […]

11
May

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On our ninth anniversary, how do we face the reality of COVID-19? 

This April marked Peace Boat Disaster Relief’s ninth anniversary. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our volunteers, annual support members, private companies, grant institutes, cooperatives, religious organizations and schools for the generous support they have provided for our activities. Disasters cause events that are beyond our imagination. The novel coronavirus has spread rapidly around the world since it was discovered, and the number of cases continues to rise. Here in Japan, as elsewhere, the infection has grown, with devastating consequences for our health, economy, and social lives. This pandemic is a global disaster that is driving existing social systems into crisis. We now […]

10
Apr

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[Update] Announcement: PBV Response to the new corona virus

[Update] Announcement: PBV Response to the new corona virus

In response to the extension of state of emergency announced on May 4 by the Government of Japan regarding the new corona virus (COVID-19) , PBV office is currently closed and staff members are working from home until Monday until 31 May, 2020 (subject to change). For inquiries, please contact us via e-mail to relief@pbv.or.jp Our apologies for inconvenience this may cause, but we seek your kind understanding. Stay safe and take care!   Peace Boat Disaster Relief

02
Apr

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Activity Summary: Typhoon Relief in Iwaki, Fukushima

A team from Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) set up a base in Iwaki city, Fukushima to support those affected by Typhoon Hagibis (No. 19) on October 2019. A wide range of relief activities have been implemented by PBV since October 14. Some of the activities have been completed while other projects have been handed over to the local residents. The PBV base in Iwaki was closed at the end of March, but we will continue our relief efforts through regular visits. Through PBV, 175 volunteers participated in various activities over the course of 170 days. Taking this opportunity, we would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard […]

27
Mar

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Announcement: PBV Response to the new corona virus

Announcement: PBV Response to the new corona virus

In response to the spread of infection of the new corona virus (COVID-19) in Tokyo and surrounding regions, PBV staff members will be working from home from 30 March, Monday until 12 April, Sunday (subject to change). For inquiries, kindly contact us via e-mail to relief@pbv.or.jp Our apologies for inconvenience this may cause, but we seek your kind understanding. Stay safe and take care!   Peace Boat Disaster Relief

11
Mar

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With each day that has passed: Nine years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

March 11, 2020. Nine years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. We express our deepest condolences to those whose lives were lost, and to the bereaved families. The whereabouts of 2,529 people remains unknown even today, and there are 47,737 people still living in evacuation. Each and every person has a life which cannot be expressed in numbers, and each of the 3,288 days which has passed cannot be expressed just by the 9th anniversary. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has worked together with many volunteers, in several disaster affected areas. An elderly man standing at a loss in front […]

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 […]

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