While much progress has been made on the road to recovery following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, there remains some way to go. Although towns have now been relocated to higher ground, as of 2019, the building of seawalls and breakwaters is still ongoing. Heavy machinery and large trucks continue to dominate the roads, which themselves remain under construction, alongside the development of vast swathes of land.
While the focus is usually on the rebuilding of physical infrastructure, the emotional recovery of those whose lives were impacted by the disaster is another key aspect in the rehabilitation of communities.
Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) engaged in regional relief activities are continuing to work hard at collaborating with multiple public and private organizations, and building trust with local communities so as to effectively support residents in the healing process.
Despite the challenges resulting from limited funding and expertise in operating an NPO, they are committed to the emotional recovery of residents, knowing that with this foundation in place, communities can be rebuilt through the creation of jobs, training programs and community events.
It is in this area that we are playing a role, providing ongoing support that enables local NPOs to operate sustainable recovery programs with the aim of rebuilding the social fabric of communities across Tohoku.
Takeda Life and Livelihood Reconstruction Program
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