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Dec 2021

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December 2021 U.S. Tornado Damage: Emergency Relief Fund Launched

On December 10th and 11th, 2021, at least 30 tornado outbreaks were recorded in nine states in the Midwest and Southeast in the United States, including Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee. This tornado damage was the worst occurring in December in U.S. history, and nearly 100 people lost their lives, mainly in Kentucky. (*As of December 17, 2021, according to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy) The Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has set up an emergency relief fund to support the local organizations to rebuild the communities affected by the tornadoes. From our experience in disaster responses in Japan and abroad, we know that the journey to full recovery will […]

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Dec 2021

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[Project Update] Mauritius Oil Spill Accident: Community Support Project in Full Swing (Part 1)

In August 2020, a bulk vessel owned and operated by a Japanese company went aground off Mauritius, causing an environmental crisis to the coastal communities. Immediately after the accident, Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) contacted local NGOs in Mauritius to support their initiatives to restore the environment and help the affected communities. A Mauritius-based NGO, Environmental Protection and Conservation Organization (EPCO), partnered with PBV, to implement a year-long project to support the 17 villages along the coast. The accident posed an additional challenge to the communities where people were already facing significant income loss due to a drastic decline in tourism caused by the pandemic. The PBV has been closely […]

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Nov 2021

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International Residents in Tokyo Prepare for a Possible Mega-quake Together

Last Saturday, Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) organized a household disaster preparedness planning workshop for international residents. Two sessions were held on this day: one in simplified Japanese and the other in English. 20 people attended in total. The workshop covered the basic preparation methods for the possible mega-quake in Tokyo, including risk mitigation at home, evacuation procedures and emergency stockpiles. Although Tokyo residents have been experiencing frequent earthquakes recently, international residents have very limited opportunities to learn about disaster prevention. One of the participants commented that although she has lived in Japan for 20 years, this workshop was the first time for her to learn about disaster responses comprehensively. […]

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Oct 2021

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Disaster Preparedness Workshop for Foreign Residents to be Launched

Did you know that experts in Japan have warned us that the chances of a powerful earthquake striking Tokyo in the next 30 years could be as high as 70%? Are you and your family prepared for such an event? Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) is organizing workshops for international residents in Tokyo to raise awareness and improve preparedness for the possible mega-quake in Japan. The workshops are open to the public and conducted in English and simplified Japanese (Yasashii Nihongo). During the workshop, participants will learn the basics of disaster preparedness, such as ways to prevent/mitigate risks at home, evacuation procedures and emergency stockpile. PBV is a Tokyo-based non-profit […]

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Aug 2021

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Emergency Relief Fund for the August 2021 Heavy Rain and Flood Launched

A large part of western Japan, including the Kyushu regions, has been experiencing torrential rains and rain-triggered flooding and mudslides since 11th August. According to reports as of 19th August, the rains caused damage in 20 prefectures, with eleven persons lost or missing and nearly 5000 houses damaged or inundated. More rains are in the forecast, and it is likely that more damages will be reported in the coming days. PBV’s Advanced Team Dispatched to the Flood Affected Kyushu Region Considering the severe destruction caused by the floods, Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) dispatched a team on 18th August to Saga Prefecture, where extensive damages have been reported. The area […]

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Aug 2021

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Recovering from flooding: Support materials from Japanese civil society

Heavy rains hit Western Japan Torrential rain has triggered floods and landslides in many parts of Japan since 11 August, 2021. Record-breaking rainfall has been causing severe damages to communities in the northern Kyushu and Chugoku regions. According to the meteorological agency, more rains are forecasted to continue in prefectures in western and northern Japan. Not only in Japan, we have also been shocked to hear the news of devastating floods happening in different parts of the world recently too. Climate change has amplified the scale and frequency of such deadly disasters, but we believe that we can work together to minimize the damage. Knowledge Sharing Efforts by Japanese NGOs […]

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Jul 2021

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Heavy rains, floods and landslides across Japan

Growing concerns about frequent torrential rains and floods in Japan Last weekend on July 3rd, we were shocked by the news of deadly landslides caused by torrential rain in the city of Atami, in the Shizuoka Prefecture. The massive landslide washed away more than 130 houses and took the lives of nine people. More than 20 people are reported to be missing, and the search effort by rescue teams and the Self Defense Force continues as of July 8th. The highest level of warning for possible adverse weather conditions is still in effect in the area, and more than 560 people remain in evacuation shelters. The rain has not only […]

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May 2020

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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 […]

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Jan 2020

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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 […]

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Nov 2019

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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 […]

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