【Japan / COVID-19】Supporting welfare facilities and their business operations

We are continuing to provide support to the people in vulnerable situations such as dialysis patients who are more likely to become seriously ill if infected, and to welfare facilities for persons with disabilities, where clusters of the disease are feared to occur. We distributed hygiene products that are essential for preventing infection. Since we started the emergency support for the fight against COVID-19 in April 2020, we have delivered hygiene products and other supplies to a total of 2,771 disability-related organizations, offices, and hospitals. 

To protect lives, health, and livelihoods


Meal service using the provided face shield at the Social Work Center Wakatake (Urasoe City, Okinawa Prefecture)


Distribution of Masks to Fight against COVID-19 In Cooperation with Eisai

A Congolese refugee and health volunteer (left), receives a mask at the Kyangwali refugee settlement in western Uganda on April 29.

AAR Japan (Association for Aid and Relief, Japan) will distribute 250,000 masks to three African countries (Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia) in cooperation with the major pharmaceutical company Eisai Co. The first shipment arrived at a refugee settlement in western Uganda and was distributed to staff working on health and medical activities.


Risks of Explosive devices ~ On International Mine Awareness Day~

 According to the latest data from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), an international network in which AAR Japan participates, the number of confirmed deaths and injuries due to landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in 2019 rose to 5,554 in 55 countries and territories. That is a 60% increase from 3,457 in 2013. 

Seiji Konno of the AAR Tokyo Office reports on the current status of landmine issues.

HALO staff working to clear landmines in Afghanistan, with financial support from AAR (June 2019).


10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake

10 years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011.

AAR Japan began providing emergency assistance in the affected areas immediately after the disaster struck and continued long-term assistance for this ten years. 

We would like to report on our activities that became possible with everyone's support.


Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Tohoku


  We would like to express our deepest sympathy to all those who have been affected by the earthquake that struck the Tohoku region on February 13, 2011 (Fukushima Earthquake). 

  Immediately after the earthquake struck, AAR Japan began confirming the safety of people concerned and organizations in the affected areas and has been gathering information. As a result, it became clear that there are needs for assistance in repairing welfare facilities for persons with disabilities in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, where AAR had been providing support since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, and in distributing water and other supplies to welfare facilities for people with disabilities in areas where the water supply had been cut off. Thus, AAR will begin to support the victims of the earthquake. 

  Starting February 16, AAR will begin preparing relief supplies and from February 18, we start distributing large water tanks, drinking water, food, and other emergency relief supplies mainly to facilities for persons with disabilities. (Staff members who will be coming to the area from Tokyo will begin relief activities upon receiving negative results from the COVID-19 test. 

  We would like to ask for your cooperation. Please donate.

  Thank you.


Handcrafted Soap Distribution in Refugee Camps: Countermeasures against COVID-19

Since August, AAR Japan (Association for Aid and Relief, Japan) has been promoting the "Soap Campaign" along with emergency fundraising to fight the COVID-19. AAR staff members who had temporarily returned to Japan are now going back to their resident offices and distributing the soap sent by our supporters. This is a report from Uganda and Bangladesh.

Children smile as they receive soaps from AAR staff. In the center of the front row is Aya Fujita (November 16, 2020)


Torrential Rains in Kyushu : Donating a Pick-up Vehicle to a PWD Facility

 Donation of a pick-up vehicle 


Three months after the torrential rains in Kyushu in early July 2020the areas affected by the disaster are still struggling to restore their daily life. Right after the disaster, AAR JAPAN started to support the welfare facilities for PWDs in the affected area, and in late September, we donated a pick-up vehicle to one of the local NPOs named “Workshop Hinatabokko. 

The pick-up vehicle donated to the workshop “Hinatabokko” and its users  (Amakusa City in Kumamoto, October 15th, 2020)