Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

We would like to express our deepest condolences and sympathy to those affected by the recent series of earthquakes that hit Kumamoto. We are grateful to all those who have generously supported the people of Japan.

On March 12, 2011, Japan Society created the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, a disaster relief fund to aid survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated the Tohoku region of Japan. On April 18, 2016, the Society broadened the scope of the fund to include support for the survivors of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake, a series of earthquakes with epicenters around Kumamoto that began on April 14.

One hundred percent of your tax-deductible contributions to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund go to organizations that directly help those impacted by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake and the Great East Japan Earthquake. Japan Society will absorb the cost of administering the fund, but also welcomes contributions to help us cover administrative costs.

Click here for a partial listing
of Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supporters.


Japan Earthquake Relief Fund - Kumamoto


Japan Society is now accepting contributions to support recovery in Kumamoto. Japan Society accepts donations to the fund from individuals, corporations and organizations.

You can also contribute to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund by sending your check to:

Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, New York 10017
Attn: Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

For contributions to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, please make your checks payable to "Japan Society" and indicate "Tohoku," "Kumamoto" or “Fund Admin” on the memo section of the check. If a specific purpose is not noted, undesignated funds will be used in either Tohoku or Kumamoto.


Of the funds that have been generously donated so far, we have earmarked $14.155 million to 48 organizations in support of 71 grants on the front lines of relief, recovery and reconstruction in Tohoku and Kumamoto.  Read more about these organizations or read the latest press release.

Japan Earthquake Relief Fund Videos

Video: Report from Tohoku, April 2012

Japan Society highlights the work of three organizations that are using Japan Earthquake relief funds to rebuild communities in the Tohoku region.

Video: ETIC: Leadership Development in Tohoku

Haruo Miyagi, Founder and CEO of ETIC, discusses the organization's work in Tohoku.

Video: Hitoshi Abe on ArchiAid and Rebuilding Tohoku

Hitoshi Abe, co-founder of ArchiAid, talks about the incredible work the organization is doing to help rebuild communities in the Tohoku region after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Click here for additional videos chronicling the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund's efforts.

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