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    – Work together toward revitalization and disaster preparedness in Fukushima –

Joint declaration between Fukushima Prefecture and the JRCS
– Work together toward revitalization and disaster preparedness in Fukushima –

2015/03/30

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) signed the “Joint Declaration regarding Revitalization and Disaster Preparedness” (Joint Declaration) with Fukushima Prefecture, which declared that the JRCS would continue to provide assistance activities for Fukushima citizens in collaboration with the prefecture.

JRCS activities after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami


The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident occurred in Fukushima Prefecture following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011. The accident forced a large number of people to evacuate. Currently, four years after the earthquake, about 120,000 Fukushima citizens are still living under evacuation conditions in and out of the prefecture, away from where they used to live.

To support the health and livelihood of those affected people, the JRCS conducted medical relief activities at evacuation centers soon after the earthquake and also provided recovery aid programs. The programs included provisions of household electric appliance sets for their lives in temporary housing and an indoor-playground program “Smile Park”, where children could play safely. In addition, the JRCS provided whole body counters (measuring equipment of radiation dose in the human body) to medical institutions and has been organizing and holding “Red Cross Health Class” for the people living in temporary housing. The class aims to encourage them to manage their physical and mental health on their own through recreation during the mid-and-long term evacuation.

Joint Declaration: For enhancement of cooperation in three areas


The JRCS has been providing these activities in cooperation with Fukushima Prefecture and municipalities within the prefecture. However, as revitalization projects are expected to take a longer time, Fukushima Prefecture and the JRCS agreed to enhance the collaboration by including aims and activity areas which are to be addressed by both parties together in the Joint Declaration. They also agreed with strengthening the cooperation in disaster preparedness for possible future disasters based on the discussion made at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which was held at the same time as the Joint Declaration.

Collaboration areas between Fukushima Prefecture and the JRCS:
1. Revitalization assistance for the people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
2. Preparedness for possible future disasters
3. Information dissemination at home and abroad on (1) and (2)

Collaboration areas between Fukushima Prefecture and the JRCS:

 1. Revitalization assistance for the people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
 2. Preparedness for possible future disasters
 3. Information dissemination at home and abroad on (1) and (2)

Signing ceremony for Joint Declaration



Mr. Masao Uchibori, Governor of Fukushima (right);
Tadateru Konoe, President of the JRCS (left)

Mr. Masao Uchibori, Governor of Fukushima (right); Tadateru Konoe, President of the JRCS (left)

- Determination expressed for future of Fukushima -
The signing ceremony was held at the Fukushima Prefectural Office. The signers of the Joint Declaration were Mr. Masao Uchibori, Governor of Fukushima, and Tadateru Konoe, President of the JRCS. They signed the declaration at the ceremony, where media reporters were also gathered for coverage.

After signing the declaration, Mr. Uchibori remarked: “Reaching a joint declaration between the JRCS and Fukushima Prefecture with the same perception for the future is very encouraging. We would like to cooperate with the JRCS to further promote the Fukushima revitalization and develop a disaster-resilient prefecture.”

Following Mr. Uchibori’s remarks, Tadateru Konoe stated: “Revitalization of Fukushima will give courage to people around the world and become a model for future disaster response. I believe that collaboration between Fukushima Prefecture and the JRCS for a disaster-resilient society through the revitalization will facilitate activities which meet communities’ needs, which will become part of international efforts for disaster prevention/reduction.”

The Joint Declaration is the first step towards collaboration. Fukushima Prefecture and the JRCS will discuss the challenges in the revitalization and disaster preparedness, and work on activities by leveraging each other’s strengths.