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Funding Meeting: US-Japan Cooperation on Supporting the Japan Disaster Response

August 08, 2011

July 21, 2011 - After the Great East Japan Earthquake, many organizations around the United States immediately launched initiatives to support Japan’s relief and recovery. Groups including Japan-America societies, local governments involved in Japanese sister city relationships, universities, businesses, and foundations have been undertaking a wide range of fundraising activities to help provide immediate humanitarian relief, as well as to help in the mid- and long-term reconstruction efforts. They have had to operate in a very fluid situation, however, in which information has been hard to ascertain and the needs on the ground have rapidly evolved.

The Japan Foundation New York (JFNY) in Partnership with the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and the Institue of International Education (IIE) hosted the first overseas delegation of civil society leaders who are working to coordinate Japan’s response who traveled to New York City for a roundtable that convened key US Funders in an effort to exchange information and explore what can be done to improve coordination and cooperation in channeling resources to the areas of greatest need.

The delegation consisted of eight key leaders who are at the heart of domestic and international networks of nonprofit organizations that are working to create a more effective and balanced response, and several of them have been active in disaster recovery efforts for decades.

Co-organizers: The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, New York; Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE); Institute of International Education (IIE)

Cooperating Organizations: Asia Society; GlobalGiving Foundation; Give2Asia; Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New York; The Nippon Club; Japan Society; US-Japan Council

Supporting Organization: Consulate General of Japan in New York

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