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Relief activities by the JRCS after the outset of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

2016/08/02

Immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami occurred on March 11, 2011, the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) sent its relief teams to the affected areas from Red Cross hospitals across Japan to provide relief activities. JRCS relief teams were also dispatched to Fukushima Prefecture. However, the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident (Fukushima Daiichi accident) which occurred following the earthquake and tsunami forced the relief teams to temporarily cease their relief activities and leave the prefecture. Soon, JRCS relief activities were re-started, but the JRCS regrets that it failed to provide enough relief activities in Fukushima.

In May 2011, a re-entry program started for people who had evacuated their areas because they were designated as restricted areas due to the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The program allowed the evacuees to temporarily enter the areas. The JRCS sent its relief teams to the entry points and provided medical relief for the evacuees when they became sick while participating in the program.

The JRCS relief activities which were performed after the outset of the Fukushima Daiichi accident have been introduced in the Digital Archives as special content. This webpage will give you access to all of the special content and summaries.

Published on October 1, 2013.

The JRCS began its relief activities immediately after the Fukushima Daiichi accident. From the turmoil period following the outset of the accident to the start of JRCS recovery assistance, the JRCS worked hard on its activities for six months under its mission. This special content chronologically describes the JRCS’s activities and the events/facts regarding the earthquake and tsunami during the six months.

Published on October 1, 2013.

What was happening in the field of relief activities? What was needed? What were JRCS relief team members thinking of? How were they acting?
Fukushima Red Cross Hospital is located in Fukushima Prefecture which was affected by the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Soon after the accident, the JRCS temporarily ceased to send its relief teams to Fukushima Prefecture from other prefectures. In the midst of the circumstances, the relief teams of the Fukushima Red Cross Hospital continued to provide assistance for the survivors at evacuation centers in Fukushima Prefecture. In the fields of confusion, they conducted relief activities in fear and anxiety. In this special content, you can read about what the relief team members had to go through and what they felt at that time.

Published on November 25, 2013.

When the Fukushima Daiichi accident occurred, the JRCS did not have any clear code of conduct for relief activities during a nuclear disaster and also lacked necessary equipment and materials to secure the safety of its relief team members. This forced the JRCS to temporarily leave the affected area soon after the Fukushima Daiichi accident. From Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital and Japanese Red Cross Nagahama Hospital, relief teams were also dispatched to Fukushima and had to make an agonizing decision against their mission. In this special content, you can read about what they experienced and what they felt at that time.

Published on February 26, 2014.

Regarding the relief activities performed in Fukushima Prefecture after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the JRCS conducted a survey of its staff who engaged in the relief activities. The purpose was to help to understand what happened during the relief operations and identify issues in order to learn lessons from the experience for possible future disasters.
The staff were interviewed to identify challenges and problems. The results were organized in a report. Comments by the staff relating to each problem were also included in the report.

(Available only in Japanese)

Published on January 28, 2014.

Most of the survivors who lived within the radius of 20km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that was designated as a restricted area were not able to bring their belongings when they had to evacuate the area soon after the Fukushima Daiichi accident. For this reason, a re-entry program started in May 2011. The program was organized and held by the public authorities for the evaucees to temporarily enter the restricted area. The JRCS sent 87 relief teams in total to entry points over the program period and provided medical relief for the evacuees when they became sick while participating in the program. The JRCS provided the services until March 2012 in three rounds of the program. This special content introduces the JRCS activities with photos and explanations.