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CWS Japan was established in 2011 to partner with American churches, ACT Alliance partners, congregations and individuals who wanted to help with relief and recovery during and after the East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

The founding of CWS Japan in recent times is reflective of CWS work in Japan more than 70 years ago – at the end of World War II. At that time CWS led a large American response to people’s devastation through the Licensed Agencies for Relief in Asia (LARA). For years after, the seven-year LARA initiative was known nationwide in Japan because of its scope and scale. Today, Japanese people who are in their 70s and 80s are those who benefited most directly from LARA. The effort helped 14 million Japanese citizens – about 15% of the nation’s people at the time. Because of LARA, their suffering was eased and they were able to start their long road to recovery.

Asia is the most disaster-prone region in the world today. Because Japan is a developed country with many technical resources to help other countries across Asia, the CWS Japan team significantly focuses on disaster risk reduction advocacy. Some focus is on countries with nuclear power plants, where people face extraordinary danger if there is a nuclear installation meltdown like the one at Fukushima (2011). Lessons learned from Fukushima are now published in a booklet in 14 languages. But, our main focus in on grassroots, community-led disaster management. This includes risk reduction and mitigation as well as response preparedness. Additionally, the CWS Japan team works with the National Christian Council of Japan, with their government and with private sector partners with these key aims: (1) to encourage partnership and quality and accountability, especially to most vulnerable and marginalized in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response and (2) to secure funding for humanitarian and development initiatives elsewhere in Asia and around the world.

For further information, please visit http://www.cwsjapan.org/english/

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