Today, the USJC announced that its relief fund has received over 1.6 million dollars. We wish to thank all of our generous donors, as well as continue to update people on how their money is being used. As our fund website says, we send money directly to two NGO umbrella organizations in Japan, including Japan Platform, which oversees 33 organizations in the country.
One of Japan Platform’s many component NGO’s is the Tokyo-based Institute of Cultural Affairs Japan (ICA). ICA Japan was established in 1970 as a branch of the US-based Institute of Cultural Affairs, and works on development education and environmental awareness in Japan. When the earthquake struck, however, ICA Japan directed its efforts toward immediate disaster relief. Within days of the disaster, ICA was delivering goods and services to many areas around the Tōhoku area. Their English-language report, from March 19th, can be found here. Their English website is located at http://www.icajapan.org/icajapane/indexe.html.