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Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York and The Nippon Club raised over $1.47 million for Japan Disaster Relief through the 2011 Northeastern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.


Immediately after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan, JCCI and The Nippon Club established the 2011 Northeastern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund through the Chamber’s J.C.C. Fund to aid victims of this tragedy. In addition to this relief fund, JCCI and Nippon Club have held various fundraising events such as lectures, sports activities and cultural events—all focused on raising more money for relief.

Thanks to your generous contributions to the Fund, as well as your participation in fundraising events such as the 19th Annual San-Betsu Charity Golf Tournament, we raised over $1.47 million for relief efforts as of April 1, 2012. We greatly appreciate your support.

Furthermore, we were touched that many former participants of the Chamber’s U.S. Educators Program had taken it upon themselves to organize grassroots fundraising campaigns in their schools, districts and communities to raise funds for Japan disaster relief. We are so moved that in this time of need, Japanese and Americans alike have come together to support this cause.

On April 19, 2011, JCCI and Nippon Club held a joint steering committee meeting to decide about the allocation of $1,000,000 in funds raised for disaster relief. It was decided that the funds raised until April 30, 2011 would be allocated equally to the following organizations:

< 1st Round of Contributions >

- The Central Community Chest of Japan (providing direct monetary support to the victims of the disaster)

- Center for Public Resource Development (an umbrella organization of over 100 NGO/NPOs in Japan on the ground to provide immediate disaster relief.) These organizations include:

- Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (providing medical support and helping to rebuild living environments)

- Japan Platform (coalition of 32 humanitarian NGOs working with businesses and governments to provide humanitarian assistance)

- Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (providing emergency assistance to those in need)

- PeaceWinds Japan (providing support to disaster victims)

- JEN (providing emergency relief supplies, helping those with special needs and determining long-term needs of communities)

 

Another $200,000 in contributions was decided on at the JCCI and Nippon Club joint steering committee meeting held on October 14, 2011 and was announced at JCCI’s 27th Annual Dinner on November 15 at the Hilton New York:

< 2nd Round of Contributions >

- The Taylor Anderson Memorial Gift Fund – a fund which will support among many things, local orphanages and rebuilding of schools, set up in memory of Taylor Anderson, one of the first American victims of the tsunami, recognized with the Luminary Award at JCCI’s 27th Annual Dinner on November 15, 2011.

- IsraAID – an Israeli NGO umbrella organization recognized with the Luminary Award at JCCI’s 27th Annual Dinner on November 15, 2011 for their quick response and long-term PTSD training and support of the people of Tohoku.

- Japan NPO Center – a Japanese umbrella organization supporting local NPOs in their relief and recovery efforts.

- Signal of Hope Project (Kibou-noroshi) – a project for the rapid recovery of fishery functions at Tohoku Fishing Ports.

A third round of contributions totaling $170,000 was decided on January 17, 2012:

< 3rd Round of Contributions >

-  HIKOBAE Project - a film, theater, music, and publishing based project aiming to tell “Remember 3.11” stories, using profits to support funds such as The Soma City Earthquake Disaster Orphan Scholarship Fund.

- The Fund for Iitate Children’s Future (Iitate Mirai Kikin) through the Social Welfare Corporation, Iitate Council of Social Welfare - benefiting the children of Iitate, Fukushima, a village located in the devastated evacuation zone of Daichi Nuclear Plant.

A fourth round of contributions totaling $4,500 was decided on March 28, 2012:

< 4th Round of Contributions >

-  KIOI Sinfonietta Tokyo, US Tour - $4,500 was used to purchase tickets for 150 local music students to attend this spectacular performance. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to support music activitied in the areas affected by the Tohoku Erthquake ant Tsunami of 2011.

As of April 1, 2012, we have raised a total of just over $1.47 million and have contributed a total of over $1.37 million to 9 organizations. Just over $70,000 in funding remains, and will be decided on and distributed shortly.

The JCCI & Nippon Club Steering Committee is no longer accepting donations as of April 1, 2012.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our efforts to help the people of Japan.


Sincerely,


Tsutomu Karino
Executive Director & Secretary, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York
Executive Vice President & Secretary, The Nippon Club

NY日商 / 日本クラブ
「東日本大震災義援金147万ドルを越える」

★ 日本の非営利団体を通して被災者を支援

 NY日本商工会議所と日本クラブは震災直後より「J.C.C.ファンド」内に被災者支援の受け皿を設け、会員企業及びコミュニティーの皆様に広く支援を呼びかけておりましたが、お陰様にてこれまでに企業及び個人から寄せられた義援金の総額が147万ドルに達しました。

 私共は震災直後より、講演会や文化・スポーツ活動等、様々な活動をチャリティーにつなげ、被災者支援や募金を呼びかけて参りました。中でも商工会議所が過去22年間にわたって実施して参りました「米人教育関係者日本派遣プログラム」の参加米人教育者や父母会を中心とした現地校及び学校区での支援の高まりは目覚しく、募金のための折り紙作りやバザー、コンサートなど様々な広がりを見せ、大きな喜びでした。

 これらの活動や企業、個人の皆様から寄せられました貴重な義援金の送付先につきましては、両所の特別役員会が持たれ、慎重な検討がなされました。その結果、以下の団体への支援が決定されました。

第3回(2012年1月17日に17万ドル)

ヒコバエ プロジェクト(福島県相馬市震災孤児等支援基金)

-いいたてっ子未来基金(福島県相馬市飯舘村子女教育基金)

※2012年4月1日時点で、義援金の総額が147万ドルに達し、総額137万ドルが9団体に寄付されました。残る約7万ドルにつきましては、追って支援先団体が決定される予定です。

 また、NY日本商工会議所と日本クラブでは、「J.C.C.ファンド」を通しての義援金の受付は、2012年3月末日をもって終了いたしました。

 皆様のご支援に心より感謝申し上げます。また今後とも引き続いてのご支援を何卒宜しくお願い申し上げます。

 

NY日本商工会議所 / 日本クラブ          
専務理事 狩野 務

 

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