Mar 2022


All for Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund Launched

On February 24, 2022, the Russian military invasion of Ukraine began, and military attacks by missiles and other weapons have been carried out in several cities in Ukraine. Many civilians, including children, have been killed. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at least 930,000 citizens have fled to neighboring countries including Poland, Hungary, and Romania in search of safety, and more than 100,000 people have been internally displaced in Ukraine (as of March 2, 2022). The people who are fleeing the war and being deprived of their daily lives are in great need of support. Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV), together with the NGO Peace Boat, […]

Feb 2022


Certificate of appreciation from Saga Prefecture

We are very honored to be awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Governor of Saga Prefecture. Yasuhiro Ueshima, the secretary-general of the Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) attended the ceremony held on February 4th, 2022, on behalf of the PBV team. Since August last year, PBV has carried out relief programs in Omachi-cho, Saga Prefecture to support the communities affected by the floods. In recognition of our activities, PBV was invited to the Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation presentation ceremony held at the Saga Prefectural Government. The ceremony was attended by 42 organizations, including the local fire department, private firms, non-profit organizations, and volunteer groups from both in the prefecture […]

Dec 2021


Typhoon Rai (Odette): Emergency Relief Fund Launched

On 16-17 December 2021, a powerful typhoon Rai (local name: Odette) made landfall in the islands of central Philippines, causing extensive damage. As of 22 December, 2.4 million people and 604,322 households have been affected and 375 lives have been lost. The full extent of the damage, particularly on the smaller islands, is still being assessed and further reports are expected once communications are restored. The Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) is in contact with multiple organizations in the Philippines to gather information at a local level. On the ground, government agencies are working to save lives and clear the area, while many international organizations and NGOs have launched emergency […]

Mar 2021


Emergency Relief for 2021 Fukushima Prefecture Offshore Earthquake

Following the magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck offshore east of the Tohoku region on February 13, 2021, Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) dispatched an emergency assistance team to the affected areas. The earthquake caused damage to more than 20,000 houses (as of Feb. 22, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency), mainly in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures. The accurate total number of houses damaged is still unknown and many people in the area are still living in damaged houses. In response to a request from the Yamamoto-cho Social Welfare Council (Miyagi Prefecture), PBV started relief activities by experienced staff on March 8 to put up tarpaulins on damaged roofs. […]

Mar 2021


Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

March 11, 2021 marks ten years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) and Peace Boat offer our prayers to those who lost their lives in the disaster. We would also like to express our sympathy to the bereaved families and to all those who are still in challenging situations. Ten years ago, immediately after the earthquake, Peace Boat entered Ishinomaki and Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture and worked with many volunteers from Japan and abroad for the coming months and years. Although we went to the affected areas to help, we were greatly encouraged and heartened by the local people who accepted us. Videographer […]