To commemorate second anniversary of earthquake, Japan society grants $1.78 million
March 12, 2013
Two-years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Japan Society granted $1.78 million to seven recipients, including the Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation of Japan (ETIC), Iitate Village, NPO Riku Cafe, KISYN, re:terra, Sweet Treat 311 and Ashoka Japan's Tohoku Youth Venture.
Upon announcing the new round of grants on March 11, 2013, Japan Society president Motoatsu Sakurai, explained that they represent the organization's four primary areas of support - youth initiatives, mental healthcare, medical assistance, community revitalization and economic recovery.
"The earthquake and tsunami of 2011 has had a profound effect on Japanese society that will be felt for many years to come," said Sakurai. "We have seen tremendous progress since the triple disasters, but the hard work continues."
For instance, the financial support for Iitate Village will help reunite community members who were evacuated because wind was spreading radiation from the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant through the area. NPO Riku Cafe in Rikuzentaka will also be expanded to foster additional areas in which local residents can meet and hold conversations over coffee and tea. Ultimately, the program aims to offer additional activities and services. Through KISYN, architects Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, Riken Yamamoto and Hiroshi Naito, are creating "Home-for-All" places for residents who were displaced by the disasters.
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